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Class-size proposal heard on House floor



The full House took up Wesley Chapel Republican Will Weatherford's proposal to ask voters to loosen the class-size amendment today, with Democrats failing in a bid to amend the measure.

"Class size is important and we want to maintain the integrity of class size," Weatherford said. "But at the same time it’s not flexible, it’s not amendable, it is extremely expensive and the final benefit of class size, we don’t even know exists, if there is one."

Democrat after Democrat questioned Weatherford about potential loss of funding, learning gains and teacher-student ratios. Some asked if Weatherford had talked to teachers and parents, "the people who class size really affects." Read more on the Times' education blog, The Gradebook.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:36pm]


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