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Class Size Ammendment

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Daniel Lugo is accompanying his daughter’s fourth grade class on a field trip to the Capitol. He voted in favor of the class size amendment, and is offended that lawmakers want to ask him if he really meant it.

Daniel says, “It does bother me. I think the voters spoke their mind and they should not repeal it.”

House Democrats say voters have a right to be ticked off by the proposal to water down the amendment, but sweeten the deal with a $35,000 minimum salary for teachers

Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, a Democrat from Miami, says "I think it’s disrespectful, I think it’s disheartening, and I think our voters are just going to look at us and say, ‘you know, we’re not stupid, we knew what we were doing.’ "

But supporters of the class size repeal effort say voters didn’t mind taking a second shot at the bullet train amendment, which they passed and then repealed, and their opinions may have changed on the class size issue too.

Republican leaders insist reducing the number of children in each classroom rather than just by a district-wide average will cost way too much money.

Evelyn Lynn is pushing the repeal plan in the Senate. She doesn’t think voters should take offense.

Sen. Evelyn Lynn, a Republican from Ormond Beach, says, "If we can find a way that they can accept it, but then end up with higher teacher salaries in this state, it would be a tremendous boom because teachers are the key to our success."

But the plan to call a special election this fall for the repeal effort appears dead at the Capitol, and even some Republicans now say they’re unwilling to put the issue back before voters in 2006.


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