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Fla. Court Rejects Challenge to Class-Size Amendment

By Mark Walsh — October 12, 2010 1 min read

The Florida Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge to a November ballot measure that would relax the state’s strict limits on class sizes.

The Florida Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association, had argued that the summary does not fully disclose the effects of Amendment 8, which would alter a 2002 state constitutional amendment that established maximum class sizes of 18 students in kindergarten through 3rd grade; 22 students in grades 4-8; and 25 students in high school. The court said that did not make the ballot measure defective.

Amendment 8, if approved by 60 percent of the vote, would raise the cap for individual classes by three students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, and by five students in the higher grades.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 13, 2010 edition of Education Week as Fla. Court Rejects Challenge to Class-Size Amendment

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