35 School Districts Violate Florida Class Size Limits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Slightly more than half of Florida's 67
school districts could face fines for violating state class size

Education Commissioner Eric Smith on Tuesday notified officials
in 35 districts and three laboratory schools that they are out of

Statewide 44,556 of 812,483 traditional public classrooms, or
5.5 percent, had too many students.

Also, 44 of 454 charter schools were in violation.

The caps are 18 students in kindergarten through third grade, 22
in fourth through eight grade and 25 in high school.

The requirements went into effect for every core curriculum
classroom this year after being phased in for several years.

Voters rejected a constitutional amendment to loosen the limits
on Nov. 2.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Billo on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    ??????? is an ignoramous. The reason students at Woodville Elementary have such low FCAT scores is because their parents, ie ???????, have poor grammar and parenting skills. Keep up the good work Jackie.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    ??????, If you don't like the schools where you live then be an adult about it and do something besides just complaining. How about moving. How about getting involved in the school as a volunteer or in the PTO.
  • by Lynn Location: Southside on Dec 1, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    TO ???? and Anonymous why throw the rock and hide ur hands.. I personally am striving to become an educator and as a single parent with children in Leon County Schools I think Jackie Pons is doing an awesome job.. I reside on the southside of town and my children are doing great in school. If he showed no appreciation for the teachers and students then why would they feel to compelled to continue striving to teach these little hard heads anything. Especially if they come home to ignorant folks such as your self. Teachers are not getting paid more and do either of you realize what it indetails to teach a class these days? Obviously not! As for Woodville. Don't blame Pons for that.. Blame the community, the parents, and the Administration of the school. Once folks realize it does take a village to raise a child you can reap ur rewards more abundently.. Stay blaming others because ur child isn't doing that well and instead of take responsibility for ur part it is easier to blame it on Pons
  • by a parent Location: perry on Dec 1, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    Taylor County schools were in danger of this same thing at the beginning of the year, and our Superintendent made the necessary changes, hired more teachers, created new classes so that our numbers would be down. Leon should've taken the same measure. Had the new ammendment been in effect we wouldn't have had to take such drastic measures,so quickly, b/c now some of the classes that were created with 18 childeren are now down to 15. That's where amm.2 would've helped. However it did provide jobs to people that were in need. I don't think the voters truly understood completely what that ammendment would do. As a parent my child shouldn't be sitting in a class of 20 or 30 students, that's to many and quality of education is what's important. When you load the classes down kids aren't getting everything they need from the teacher, then behavior issues come in.. it's a mess ! So Anonymous until you sit in a room of 20 children & attempt to teach.. b quiet b/c small classes are essiential
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 at 03:17 AM
    This class size amendment should be removed, not relaxed. It sounded good in 2002 and then folks realized it was a teacher's union ploy to hire more teachers. Now we are stuck. OK now what? Do all of these school boards now pay fines? Guess what, you and I pay. In reality, the fines are probably less than what it would cost to pay extra teachers. So I say, to heck with extra teachers. Pay the fines. And yes, Jackie Pons must not be reelected. If I see one more public service channel with him on it, handing out award after award to teachers for just breathing, I'm going to be ill.
  • by Danielle Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2010 at 09:22 PM
    Jackie Pons is doing a great job! You are just looking for someone to blame other than yourself. By looking at the grammatical mistakes in your post below, it would appear that the problem with the school system started long before Pons was in office.
  • by ??????? on Nov 30, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    Leon County School district should removed Jackie Pons since he lets school out side Tallahassee fail and focus straight on the Schools that is with in City of Tallahassee. He is one if the reason that the students the attends Woodville elementary has so Low FCAT Scores.
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