The Florida Department of Education launched a web page that provides information on the class size amendment in Florida.
“The topic of class size reduction has spurred debate across the state for decades, leaving citizens with an often unrealistic understanding of the initiative and its requirements,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “This one-stop shop helps concerned citizens become knowledgeable about the extraordinary efforts their state has undergone to reduce class sizes and equips them with the information they need to make informed decisions about this complex subject.”
In 2002, the Florida Constitution was amended to set limits on the number of students in core classes in the state’s public schools beginning with the 2010-2011 school year. Since that time, school districts throughout the state have followed an implementation schedule that has steadily reduced core class sizes at district and school levels by at least two students per year. In 2009-10, 97 percent of prekindergarten through grade 3 classes, 99.8 percent of grade 4 through 8 classes, and 99.7 percent of grades 9 through 12 classes were in compliance with school-level class size requirements.
During the 2010 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature approved a joint resolution to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot allowing Floridians to vote to change the current maximum class sizes to “school-wide average class sizes.” If the amendment is approved by voters, maximum class sizes would continue to be calculated based on the school-wide average of the number of students in core classes beginning with the 2010-2011. These averages would remain:
18 students in prekindergarten through grade 3;
22 students in grades 4 through 8; and
25 students in grades 9 through 12.
To view this new resource and learn about Florida’s class size reduction efforts, visit www.fldoe.org/classsize.