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Measure Details

Revision of the Class Size Requirements For Public Schools

Florida Ballot Measure - Constitutional Amendment 8

Election: Nov. 2, 2010 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Categories:
Business and Consumers
Education

Yes
2,751,878
(54.49%)

No
2,298,001
(45.51%)

Measure Text

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE IX, SECTION 1
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 31
REVISION OF THE CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

The Florida Constitution currently limits the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in public school classrooms in the following grade groupings: for prekindergarten through grade 3, 18 students; for grades 4 through 8, 22 students; and for grades 9 through 12, 25 students. Under this amendment, the current limits on the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in public school classrooms would become limits on the average number of students assigned per class to each teacher, by specified grade grouping, in each public school. This amendment also adopts new limits on the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual classroom as follows: for prekindergarten through grade 3, 21 students; for grades 4 through 8, 27 students; and for grades 9 through 12, 30 students. This amendment specifies that class size limits do not apply to virtual classes, requires the Legislature to provide sufficient funds to maintain the average number of students required by this amendment, and schedules these revisions to take effect upon approval by the electors of this state and to operate retroactively to the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.

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