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House reps take another stab at class size changes



The odds of it getting very far are low, but Rep. David Simmons is giving it a try anyway. He chairs the House education committee that approved language Tuesday morning for a proposed constitutional amendment that would relax the class size requirements approved by voters in 2002.

The class size caps of 18, 22 and 25 for various grade levels would no longer be a "maxium." Districts would comply as long as their "average district class size" did not exceed the caps, and even then individual classes could have up to five additional students.

Simmons' committee also endorsed proposed legislation to use the estimated $370-million in construction savings from the change to increase salaries for school personnel, from teachers to custodians.

Next stop: the House Schools and Learning Council. The House may well be as far as this gets. Sen. Don Gaetz conceded there likely isn't enough support in the Senate, where the six Republicans who broke ranks to vote down a similar proposal last year are still in office.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:39pm]


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