Fla. class size cap needs reworking

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 2:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 2:46 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Supporters and opponents are exchanging ideas on how to loosen class size-reduction requirements to avoid "absurd" results.

They also want to avoid asking voters to amend Florida's constitution. That's what put the limits in place six years ago.

Even the statewide teachers union that helped pass the restrictions offered a proposal during a House committee meeting Tuesday.

The union plan would let classes increase by up to five students to accommodate growth after the school year starts if other options are impractical or too disruptive.

Associations representing school boards and superintendents proposed counting reading coaches, gym teachers and others in calculating student-teacher ratios.

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