Florida voters last November rejected relaxing constitutionally mandated limits on the class sizes. So state lawmakers have taken matters into their own hands.
Tucked in the House and Senate budget plans is a provision tweaking the definition of the educational core curriculum, a move that would reduce by hundreds the number of courses under class-size restrictions.
The change is welcome news for cash-strapped school districts desperate for looser — read: less expensive — class-size caps. But it has irked some Democrats and teachers who pushed through the 2002 constitutional amendment for smaller classes.
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