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Pasco submits its class size plan



Hoping to get out of its $4 million class size fine, the Pasco county school district has turned in its plan to fully comply with the 2002 voter mandate.

The plan, attached below, really is nothing more than a state-generated form filled out.

For elementary schools, the district indicates one of two things for each school that was over the cap in October — whether the school will reassign existing staff to deal with the over-capacity classes, or add more full-time teachers to the school. For secondary schools, it states the same thing for each: "Due to an increase in student numbers, changes could not be made to meet the class size deadline. The district will assist this school in correcting scheduling issues. The district will assist the school in moving students from classes that are over in class size to classes that are under. If this school is still not in compliance, there will be a need to hire additional teachers."

It's now up to the Department of Education to determine whether this plan is acceptable. If it does, the district's fine would be cut by three-quarters if it follows through and meets class size next fall.

Commissioner Gerard Robinson also could waive part of the fine if he determines the district did all it could do to meet the mandate and yet still failed to do so.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:31am]


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