Florida May Impose $43 Million in Class Size Fines

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Florida education officials have
proposed fines totaling about $43 million for violations of the
state's class size limits.

Figures released Thursday show the Department of Education is
seeking approval for fines against school districts ranging from
$1,308 for Walton County to $16.6 million for Palm Beach County.

So far 25 of the 35 districts found in violation have appealed.
Also, all three laboratory schools and 38 of 44 charter schools are

The State Board of Education will consider the appeals when it
meets Jan. 18 in Pensacola. The fines then must be approved by the
Legislative Budget Commission.

School districts plan to challenge the fines in court.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Send this bill & to State Union Management & issue garnishment orders against the salaries of all State union employees. It's time for them to start paying for their stupidity for being a part of an organization that is supported by the tax base.
  • by bob on Jan 7, 2011 at 05:32 AM
    this is where they take money from one pocket and put it in another. ( from yours to theirs )
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    These fines are paid by guess who??!! You got it; us the taxpayer. Thank you teacher's union. This class size amendment's on you
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Jan 6, 2011 at 06:46 PM
    Last time I looked the schools and the state all got their money from the same place - YOU and ME - the taxpayers. It is absurd for one agency to fine amother, it is just another tax on the people, nothing more.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    what? The State constitutional amendment requires the class size. The State is fining the counties. This is a money grab from the counties. The State does support the schools, but much of the schools system is supported by county property taxes. It's not all about school money, it's about the state taking away more school money.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    That fine is insane ---- and stupid. At a time when municipalities can barely function, you want to penalize schools. STOP THE ILLEGALS FROM FILLING UP OUR SCHOOLS....then talk about class size. FUND SCHOOLS ...then talk about class size. Until then, get off the backs of schools.
  • by what? on Jan 6, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    This may be one of the most idiotic things I have ever read... If they had the money in the first place then maybe they would not have exceeded the class size rules. Bureaucrats never cease to amaze me.
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