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Miami Beach city leaders urge Florida's school officials to push for class size changes



Miami Beach city leaders have turned to Florida's superintendents for help in trying to close loopholes in the state's class size reduction rules.

The City Commission recently sent district leaders a copy of its September resolution that asks lawmakers to reverse the "weakening" of the 2002 constitutional amendment that occurred. Those include examples such as a "schools of choice" provision that lets schools avoid classroom counts, and the removal of AP, dual enrollment and other advanced courses from the regulations.

"The Mayor and City Commisison of the City of Miami Beach consider the education of its residents to be a top priority and has one of its key intended outcomes to achieve K-12 educational excellence," the resolution states, as part of its explanation.

Superintendents and lawmakers might not be the most welcoming group of such ideas, though, as they've pushed for years to ease the restrictions attached to the 2002 constitutional amendment. And effort to eliminate the schools of choice rule, meanwhile, failed to gain any traction in the 2015 legislative session.

But registered lobbyists for the Miami Beach Commission have connections in leadership, most notably the firm Corcoran & Johnston firm, which could affect the discussion.

So far, no class size legislation has been filed for the 2017 session.

[Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2016 12:01pm]


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