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Meek returns for class-size battle



The brainchild of Florida's class size amendment, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, is back in the game, ready to protect his legacy.

As the Legislature considers joint resolutions to loosen classroom limits mandated by the 2002 amendment, Meek sent letters this week to Democratic leaders in the state House and Senate urging them to protect "the will of the electorate" and also asking if he can meet with the Democratic caucus on April 13.

In nearly identical letters to Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, and Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, Meek said, "Turning back on the class size amendment now is a slippery slope. Already, county administrators have said that they would use the modified amendment as an allowance to raise class sizes in order to 'save' money. But, we cannot go backwards. There is no doubt that Florida faces a heavy lift economically. But years from now we will all be known by today's investments in and commitment to our youngest citizens."

Meek is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:34pm]


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