Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Voters rejected a proposed state
constitutional amendment to loosen Florida's limits on the number
of children who can be in public school classes.
With 89 percent of the expected vote counted Tuesday, Amendment
8 had 54.8 percent support -- less than the 60 percent needed for
Amendment 8's supporters included many administrators. They said
would give schools the flexibility they need to avoid such drastic
measures as busing kids to other schools and combining two grades
in a single classroom to comply with class-size requirements.
Opponents included many teachers. They said Amendment 8 was
really about funding because it was expected to save $350 million
to $1 billion in class-size costs every year. They said schools
will lose that money.
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