Florida Supreme Court Upholds Amendment 8

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - Just because an amendment is on the ballot, that doesn't mean the vote has to count. At least that's what the Florida Education Association was asking justices to make happen with Amendment 8, but Thursday afternoon (10-7-2010), the state's high court said 'no.'

In a unanimous ruling, the justices called the amendment's langauge clear about its intent. Namely, to raise the bar on the number of kids allowed in each classroom. Class sizes could also be computed based on a *school-wide* average, allowing for even more flexibility.
Wednesday, the education association went before the supreme court to argue the amendment is really aimed at reducing state funding for public schools, and they called for the vote to be thrown out.

For the amendment to pass, 60 percent of voters have to approve it.
That's a high threshold, but one the FEA is no doubt worried that it could very well be met.

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  • by juswonderin Location: everywhere on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    Hope your all happy,,,,dont complain when taxes increase.
  • by Bruce Location: Live Oak on Oct 8, 2010 at 03:53 AM
    This is an amendment that needs to happen. However, administration need to be held accountable to hold true to the guidelines. As it now stands if a first grade class has 18 students and another child moves into the district, the school is being required to hire another teacher. Not only is that a killer on the system budget-wise, but now someone has to decide how to pluck out children from their existing teacher to make another class. I would surely have been displeased if that were my child being moved. The disruption now is across several clasrooms, both for the child that gets plucked and his buddy that is left behind. Both teachers now have to deal and calm down the new dynamics maybe 4, 8 or 12 weeks into the school year. You set the number. I am a businessman and parent and the strict, current guidelines need flexibility. Many opinions enter because we're in tough economic times and some say it's all about money. Amendment 8 would get my support regardless for it's about kids.
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