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Class Size Penalties to be Revisited

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Senate President Mike Haridopolos said lawmakers would likely revisit the issue of class size penalties this spring. Schools that don’t meet class size caps set out in the Constitution are penalized financially, potentially adding up to millions of dollars for individual districts. According to the Department of Education, about 5 percent of Florida classrooms are not in compliance. However, many schools have said that with declining state appropriations, they cannot meet the class size requirements. “We’re not going to penalize schools that are just trying to do their best to make ends meet,” Haridopolos said in an interview with WFLA Talk Radio in Tallahassee. The Florida School Boards Association has said it would file a lawsuit against the state if the penalties are enforced. “We have not filed suit though we have the complaint ready,” said association attorney Ron Meyer. “We will not file unless and until the fines are actually imposed and money withheld. If the Legislature fixes the problem, the litigation will not be necessary.”


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