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Pasco schools no longer class-size compliant



Pasco County schools met Florida's class size rules classroom by classroom back in October, when it counted.

By the time the state's February student survey rolled around, the district no longer complied with the rules. According to the district, 16 of 3,994 high school classrooms were over the maximum, as were 136 of 3,463 middle school classrooms and 378 of 6,490 elementary classrooms.

"We had enough teachers to be compliant," district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said. "We just felt it was in the best interest of students to not make (schedule) changes midyear just to comply with class size."

There are no penalties for failure to meet the class size amendment after the October count. Florida lawmakers are working out final details to lessen the rules for future years of class size compliance, including scaling back the number of courses to which the rules apply.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:31pm]


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