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Class Size Amendment Vote in the House

April 17th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

The Florida House voted along party lines Friday to weaken the class size amendment approved by voters in 2002.

Under the new plan, classes at every level could exceed current limits by up to five students, but schools would still have to maintain a school wide average equal to the current limits. Education Chair Anitere Flores says the plan gives schools flexibility.

However, no individual classroom can go above more than plus 5 above the current class size amendment,” Flores said. “So never again will we go back to a time where there are 40 kids, 50 kids, 100 kids in a classroom.

The plan has been receiving a luke warm reception in the state senate and may not be voted upon this year.

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