[UPDATE] Florida Supreme Court Hearing Class Size Amendment Case

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] 10/6 2:08PM --

A teachers union lawyer has come under tough questioning from the Florida Supreme Court in a case challenging a ballot proposal to loosen class size limits.

Florida Education Association lawyer Ron Meyer on Wednesday, October 6 argued the justices should prevent votes from being counted on Amendment 8. It's too late to remove the measure from the Nov. 2
ballot.

The justices, though, had a hard time with his claim the state
constitutional amendment's ballot summary is misleading because it
doesn't say that the proposal would cut class size spending.
Justice Barbara Pariente said that should be obvious.

Voters in 2002 approved a citizen initiative setting class size
limits but it didn't go into full effect until this school year.

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Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --

The Florida Supreme Court is hearing oral argument in a teachers union challenge to a ballot proposal loosening class size limits.

The Florida Education Association was set Wednesday, October 6 to ask that the justices prevent the state from counting votes cast on
Amendment 8 as it's too late to remove the measure from the Nov. 2
ballot.

The union contends the ballot summary for the state
constitutional amendment is misleading because it doesn't say that
the Legislature's proposal would cut class size spending.

Voters in 2002 approved a citizen initiative setting class size
limits but it didn't go into full effect until this school year.

The union is appealing a lower court ruling that rejected its
argument.


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  • by Buddy Location: Madison on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    The Unionization of Teachers is the Problem and will continue to be until parents say "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" and abolish the Union from Florida. Incompetent teachers should be terminated and have a smaller class size. I don't trust The Florida Supreme Court.
  • by rob Location: tally on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    The problem isnt the amount of students in a class, its that teachers arent able to remove the unruly, lack luster students and the parents who refuse to be part of the education system! 20 years ago, classes were 35-45 students with a 90% success rate...because teachers AND parents were involved and were able to control the situation...unlike today!
  • by Realist Location: Tally on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    Maybe lawmakers can forgo their raises, put the lottery money back into the school system, and stop supporting illegal immigrants through the welfare/medicaid system so we can get this broken system fixed. Our children did not create this mess, yet are constantly asked to put up with a disorganized school system.
  • by InformedParent Location: Florida on Oct 6, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    This is exactly what they wanted when they choose to withhold funding for the final phase of the CSA. The Leg. created the "chaos" that we currently see in order to dupe parents into supporting this terrible amendment. The Leg. could have loosened the classroom requirements by statute as they have for charter schools, but they choose not to. They have withheld funding and then blamed the CSA for the current challenges that THEY created. The real issue here is that the FL leg has opposed this from DAY 1, and have NO desire to adequately fund education. If you vote yes on Amendment 8, you've just given them permission to further de-fund your child's classroom. Classes will be crowded, funding will be cut, and most of the issues that currently exist will NOT go away. The only remedy for what our children are experiencing is to FORCE the LEG to fund ed in Florida. Vote NO on Amendment 8!
  • by LOL Location: Tallahassee on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    When people voted to decrease class size they were not aware of the problems it would cause. The class size limits need to be loosened!!! Please vote YES on 8! My daughters school had to cut technology class, change from 3 PE's a week to 2, and the special area classes are classes added together instead of one class by itself. I do not see any of this as an improvement. We need wiggle room for when there are only a couple of extra students. The current way is ridiculous!
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