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Yes on 8 campaign kicks off



From the Buzz:

Rep. Will Weatherford, in line to be House Speaker, rolled out the campaign today to tweak Florida's class size amendment, passed by voters in 2002 to relieve overcrowded classes. Amendment 8 on the Nov. 2 ballot would allow class sizes to be measured on a school-wide average instead of on an individual level.

Weatherford, along with members of the School Boards Association and administrators, cited stories of schools creating combo classes or forcing new residents to go to a different school. If the amendment were passed, it would save the state between $350 million and $1 billion, though Weatherford said the proposal "is not about saving money for the state and diverting resources to somewhere else."

The group has launched a website, Twitter account and Facebook page to support the effort.

Read more from the Buzz here. See also our recent interview with Weatherford about the campaign.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 12:28pm]


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