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Meek presses lawmakers on class size



U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, is in Tallahassee today making the rounds to remind lawmakers why they need to protect the class-size amendment he championed in 2002.

"I feel that this is a major insurance policy on behalf of Florida’s children," said Meek, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez.

His visit comes as the full House prepares to take up Wesley Chapel Republican Rep. Will Weatherford's proposal to ask voters to loosen the class-size mandate.

"I know that a number of policymakers, especially on the majority side in both chambers, every day take out the sharp objects to cut this class-size amendment down to business as usual," Meek said.

Meek met with Senate President Jeff Atwater, House Democratic leader Franklin Sands and had plans to catch up with Weatherford and Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, sponsor of the Senate version of the class-size proposal.

"I just want all of the leaders to know that ... to start rolling back on the class-size amendment at this time is only going to make the situation worse in the future," Meek said. "I just want to make sure the economy is not the excuse of why they have to roll it back now."

Meek said that because of term limits, there are a number of new legislators who weren't elected on the class-size issue, so they maybe don't know why it came about. So, he's coming back to remind them.


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


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