Florida Amendment 8 (2010), constitutional text changes

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Florida Constitution
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If approved by voters on November 2, 2010 Amendment 8 would amend Article 9 Section 1 of the Florida Constitution and add Section 31 to Article 12.[1]

The amended Article IX, Section 1 reads as follows:

NOTE: Additions to the current section are underlined. Words stricken are deletions.

Section 1. Public education.--

(a) The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education and for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of institutions of higher learning and other public education programs that the needs of the people may require. To assure that children attending public schools obtain a high quality education, the legislature shall make adequate provision to ensure that, by the beginning of the 2010-2011 2010 school year and for each school year thereafter, there are a sufficient number of classrooms so that:

(1) Within each public school, the average maximum number of students who are assigned per class to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for prekindergarten through grade 3 does not exceed 18 students and the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual classroom does not exceed 21 students;
(2) Within each public school, the average maximum number of students who are assigned per class to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for grades 4 through 8 does not exceed 22 students and the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual classroom does not exceed 27 students;<u> and
(3) <u>Within each public school, the average maximum number of students who are assigned per class to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for grades 9 through 12 does not exceed 25 students and the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual classroom does not exceed 30 students.

The class size requirements of this subsection do not apply to extracurricular or virtual classes. Payment of the costs associated with meeting reducing class size to meet these requirements is the responsibility of the state and not of local school schools districts. Beginning with the 2003-2004 fiscal year, The legislature shall provide sufficient funds to maintain reduce the average number of students required by in each classroom by at least two students per year until the maximum number of students per classroom does not exceed the requirements of this subsection.


(b) Every four-year old child in Florida shall be provided by the State a high quality prekindergarten pre-kindergarten learning opportunity in the form of an early childhood development and education program which shall be voluntary, high quality, free, and delivered according to professionally accepted standards. An early childhood development and education program means an organized program designed to address and enhance each child’s ability to make age appropriate progress in an appropriate range of settings in the development of language and cognitive capabilities and emotional, social, regulatory, and moral capacities through education in basic skills and such other skills as the Legislature may determine to be appropriate.


(c) The early childhood education and development programs provided by reason of subsection subparagraph (b) shall be implemented no later than the beginning of the 2005 school year through funds generated in addition to those used for existing education, health, and development programs. Existing education, health, and development programs are those funded by the State as of January 1, 2002, that provided for child or adult education, health care, or development.


The Article XII, Section 31 reads as follows:

NOTE: Additions to the current section are underlined.

SECTION 31. Class size requirements for public schools.--

The amendment to Section 1 of Article IX, relating to class size requirements for public schools, and this section shall take effect upon approval by the electors and shall operate retroactively to the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.

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