Florida Senate to tackle district 'misapplication' of class size law
The Florida Senate Education Committee is looking to undo a loophole in state class size law that many districts have used to avoid counting students classroom by classroom. See our developing story here.
Committee chairman John Legg has asked education commissioner Pam Stewart for data to show whether districts are deeming campuses that have no special programs, or no choice opportunities at all, as "schools of choice." That designation allows them to use schoolwide averages when calculating class size.
Pasco County was the first district in Florida to recognize the provision and take advantage. Several districts, including Palm Beach and Broward, have followed suit. Hillsborough officials said they expected to do the same this year.
Legg said the law, written to accommodate a new innovative schools concept in 2013, was not intended to be used this way. He planned to hold a hearing in December and propose changes to the statute.