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School Administrators, Lawmakers Say Class Size Amendment is Unfair

February 6th, 2008 by flanews

School Administrators across the state are challenging penalties stemming from the class-size amendment. They say the penalties make it harder to meet the student to teacher ratio. Some state legislators agree. As Whitney Ray tells us, the financial penalties come while administrators are worried about how amendment one will affect their budgets.

Hear it here: School Administrators, Lawmakers Say Class Size Amendment is Unfair

The class size amendment is meant to improve education in the state of Florida.
Some school administrators say the law is making it harder for them to meet students needs. Bond Elementary School in Leon County is one of more than 30 schools that have more students than the law allows. Now Administrators will have to take 13,000 dollars slated to pay teachers and use it for construction.

Our newest elementary school, state of the art, doesnt need bricks and mortar, it needs the teacher, Leon County School District Associate Superintendent Dr. Marvin Henderson.

Senate Education Chairman Don Gaetz said the penalties written into law are ridiculous.

This amendment is requiring Florida tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars to build classes we dont need and hire teachers we dont want, said Gaetz.

Administrators say the penalties couldnt come at a worse time. They still have concerns about how amendment one will affect their budgets.

Leon County is challenging the penalties. Henderson said the fine is robbing Peter to pay Paul.

We still have to meet that mandate, and were going to have to find the dollars to do this in other places, so it doesnt help our situation at all, said Henderson.

Approved in 2002, Floridians may have another change to vote on the class size amendment this fall. In January, The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission voted to propose a new amendment that would allow more flexibility to the existing law.

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