Florida Reduce Class Size, Amendment 9 (2002)
The amendment amended Article IX, Section 1 of the Florida Constitution to require the legislature to restrict the number of students in a classroom and for the legislature to provide the funds to do so.
Class sizes amended
On April 7, 2011 the Florida State Legislature approved expanding the state's class-size limits. The legislation cut the number of classes subject to class-size limits by almost 2/3rd. Specifically, the legislation changes the definition of core curricula covered by the limits. It does not however change the classes covered in grades K-3. A total of 288 classes are now considered part of the core curriculum. Previously, 849 classes were considered in this category. The approved legislation allowed for school districts to exceed the limits by up to three students in K-3 and five students in grades 4-12.
The Senate voted 30-7, while the House voted 79-39 in approval of the legislation.
2010 proposed amendment
- See also: Florida Class Size, Amendment 8 (2010)
The legislation asked for voters to change the Florida Constitution's "'maximum' class sizes to school-wide 'average' class sizes." Specifically the measure would have amended Section 1 of Article IX and created Section 31 of Article XII in the Florida State Constitution. Revisions would have amended class size requirements for public schools and provided an effective date. At least 60 percent of voters were required to approve the measure in order pass the measure.
However, because the measure was defeated by voters, class caps remained as previously scheduled and classes were required to meet those caps: 18 students in kindergarten through third grade; 22 students in fourth through eighth; and 25 students in ninth through 12th.
|Florida Amendment 9 (2002)|
Results via: The Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
Text of measure
The ballot title read:
|“||Florida's Amendment to Reduce Class Size||”|
The ballot summary read:
|“||Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature provide funding for sufficient classrooms so that there be a maximum number of students in public school classes for various grade levels; requires compliance by the beginning of the 2010 school year; requires the Legislature, and not local school districts, to pay for the costs associated with reduced class size; prescribes a schedule for phased-in funding to achieve the required maximum class size.||”|
The text of the amendment read:
Section 1. Public Education.-
Path to the ballot
- The initiative was sponsored by Coalition to Reduce Class Size.
- The initiative petition required 488,722 signatures and 581,368 were found valid.
- Florida's Amendment to Reduce Class Size 01-02," Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
- The Tampa Tribune, "Lawmakers OK higher class sizes for hundreds of classes," April 8, 2011 (dead link)
- Sunshine State News, "Amendments 7 and 8 on Ballot," May 20, 2010
- Florida Senate, "SJR 2 full text," accessed March 10, 2010
- The Tampa Tribune, "Class size vote likely," March 26, 2010 (dead link)
- Navarre Press, "Class Size Modification Wins Place on the Ballot," April 9, 2010 (dead link)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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