Last Day of Florida Legislative Session

School Desk

On this final day of the legislative session, the constitutional amendment to reduce class sizes in Florida has hit a log jam at a compromise bill to enact the amendment passed the Senate Thursday, but the House is refusing to vote on the senate's final version.

Elementary school teacher Linda Copeland is taking students on a tour of the state capitol, and what a civics lesson they're getting.

Lawmakers stalled over this session, one to reduce overcrowded classrooms. Copeland says in the meantime, the problem is getting worse.

The Senate unanimously passed its class size bill, and Sen. Debbie Wasserman Schultz can't understand why the house won't consider it.

The controversial vouchers would allow more children to use state dollars to go to private schools. House education chair Bev Kilmer says the House is ready to compromise on that issue, but they don't want to rush things.

But even the governor who remains opposed to the class size amendment, now sounds angry that the legislature has let the clock run out.

Legislators now face a costly special session to tackle critical issues that fell by the wayside including class size.

State lawmakers have been able to agree on one controversial part of the class size bill.

The Senate approved a House plan to let students graduate high school in three years rather than four, as long as they complete specific courses.