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Class Size

Almost two decades ago, Florida voters had become so fed up with large class sizes in their children’s public schools they voted to amend the constitution to correct the problem. Floridians knew is that smaller class sizes would benefit all students.

Research backs this up, supporting the positive impact that smaller classes have on student achievement and the role it plays in reducing the racial achievement gap seen all too in standardized testing.

Despite the overwhelming public support and research-based evidence that smaller classes, especially in early grades, have long-lasting positive impacts on students, Florida’s legislators have been trying to undermine the intent of the constitutional amendment almost since the minute it passed.

From dramatically decreasing the number of courses identified as “core,” to allowing school-wide averages for “Schools of Choice,” the Florida legislature’s attack on the constitution is harming our students. It is no surprise that more than 30 percent of parents who use vouchers in Florida say one of the top things they want from their school is “small classes.”

Students in Florida’s public schools have a constitutional right to small classes and the benefits that come with them. Instead of continuing to funnel public money into unaccountable private schools, the Florida Education Association calls upon the legislature and the governor to fully fund and implement the original 2002 voter mandate.

Resources

Celebrating American Education Week 2022

Strong public schools are the birthright of every American. No matter where we live or what we look like, our children deserve a high quality education in their neighborhood public…

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Cover story: Driving to success

Becoming a school bus driver set Cor’Darius Jones, now the “Mr. Bus Driver” of social media fame, on a remarkably rewarding path.

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Andrew Spar: We must elect candidates who stand with our schools

If we want good policy and the freedom to do what is best for our kids, then we must participate in the political process and ensure that those elected to…

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Ad campaign celebrates education staff professionals

TALLAHASSEE — In conjunction with the day set aside during American Education Week to honor education staff professionals, the Florida Education Association (FEA) today announces the launch of a new…

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FEA: Voters showed their support for students, public schools

Voters throughout the great state of Florida showed their support for our students and educators on Tuesday, with referendums benefitting local public schools passing in multiple counties.

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Crist’s choice reaffirms commitment to students, educators

With his announcement today of a running mate, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist reaffirmed and amplified his support for Florida’s students, educators and public schools.

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