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Penny tax/class size idea 'in the oven'



Wondering what has become of that idea last week for a combined constitutional amendment on the penny tax for education and the move to loosen class-size standards?

Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, says they're working on it, but have to get past these budget discussions.

"It's still in the oven," said Wise, chair of the Senate preK-12 appropriations committee. "We just gotta make sure that we cook it all the way."

Despite a cool reaction to the idea from House Republican leaders, Wise said, "It's somehing that we're still considering and the president of the Senate is considering, and when we get a go ahead, we'll go ahead."

Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, said they're still look at the idea, too: "We have polled the issue and we'll talk about that next week."

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


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