Pinellas School Board to consider class-size issues
The Pinellas County School Board will take up a couple of class-size issues tomorrow, including whether to join a yet-to-be-filed lawsuit aimed at killing the penalties the state intends to mete out to districts that fall short of class-size targets.
Board attorney Jim Robinson is recommending that Pinellas join the suit, which is spearheaded by the Florida School Boards Association and drawing interest from other districts. Cost to Pinellas: $1,500.
The board will also hold a public hearing, as required by law, to go over the changes the district is making to meet the classroom-by-classroom caps that go into effect this fall.
The district is planning to absorb $14.4 million in class-size costs by, among other things, putting some math and reading coaches back into classrooms; increasing the ratios for intensive math and reading classes in middle schools; and eliminating dozens of early intervention units in elementary schools.
The class size hearing begins at 5:15 p.m. (It may be a long night: The regular board meeting starts at 5 p.m.; the budget hearing begins at 7 p.m.)