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Who's for changing Florida's class-size amendment?



All four major candidates for Florida governor, that's who.

Democrat Alex Sink, Republicans Bill McCollum and Rick Scott, and independent Bud Chiles have all gone on record in supporting Amendment 8 to ease the 2002 amendment to school averages with caps.

A coalition of legislative, education and business leaders backing the amendment, which goes to voters in November, announced what it termed this "surprise unanimity" to what it calls the "right sizing" of class size in a news release today.

“It’s very encouraging that the candidates for governor are not letting politics get in the way of supporting good public policy,” said Sen. Don Gaetz of Niceville, who sponsored the amendment in the Senate, in the release.

Added Bill Montford, executive director of the state's superintendents organization: “In the next few weeks, school superintendents across Florida will make some hard decisions to comply with the 2002 class size mandates that go into effect this fall that will impact students, teachers and parents across our state. Once these decisions are made, it will become crystal clear why voting yes on Amendment 8 and providing local educators with flexibility to meet the goals of the class size amendment is critical to protecting public education in Florida.”

Consider the campaign for Amendment 8 officially under way. Any sign of the opposition yet?

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:08am]


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