Class Size amendment change passes Senate

03/25/10 Seán Kinane
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The Florida Senate has approved a ballot proposal (SB 2) to loosen class size limits. In a 26-12 vote today, the Senate got just two votes more than required to place a state constitutional amendment on November’s ballot. The measure now goes to the House.

If passed by voters, the amendment would revise a class size amendment approved in 2002 that sets limits on the number of students in each classroom. The new proposal would ease the restrictions, permitting class size limits to meet a school-wide average, not in every classroom.

Some people say the existing class size amendment is too rigid and too expensive. But Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Kim Black says the amendment going through the Legislature would hurt schools.

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