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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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