Pasco high schools allow AP classes to grow without class size restrictions
The numbers remain in flux as school leaders determine exactly how many students they have.
But Pasco County high schools are letting their Advanced Placement courses grow beyond 25 students this year, as permitted under new rules signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in the spring.
The law removed hundreds of courses from the list of those considered "core" for purposes of meeting the 2002 class size amendment. Many district officials requested flexibility in implementing the requirements, but several educators have complained that the changes approved could dilute the courses by filling their classrooms too full.
Pasco high school principals have reported that their AP courses are as large as 35 students right now. That could change as counselors adjust schedules. But getting classes down to 25 or fewer won't be the priority, assistant superintendent Tina Tiede said.
"We are treating AP/Dual Enrollment classes as any other non class size class just as we did prior to class size," Tiede said. "That would mean that the seat count would be set up for around 30. There will be some with more than 30 and some with significantly less than 30."
Pasco School Board members have made clear throughout their budgeting workshops and hearings that they want to comply with the letter and spirit of the class size amendment, but that the district might not fully meet the mandate because of funding limitations.