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Class Size

Fund Our Future: All students deserve an effective learning environment. Smaller class sizes allow for more individualized and one-on-one instruction — critical components to student success.

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% 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

HB 6001 – Firearms on College/University Campus

Updated Information HB 6001, filed by Anthony Sabatini and co-sponsored by Mike Hill and Stan…

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SB 1400 – Governor DeSantis’ Pay Proposal

Updated Information SB 1400, filed by Manny Diaz contains Governor DeSantis’ education spending ideas including his…

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HB 613 – “Intellectual Freedom”

Updated Information  HB 613, originally filed by Ray Rodrigues and since replaced with a Committee…

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Thousands of Floridians Rally for Public Education on January 13

The Take on Tallahassee Rally brought a sea of red-clad public education stakeholders and supporters to Florida’s capital city on Jan. 13. Demonstrators took their case straight to lawmakers’ doorstep

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2020 Legislative Session Resources

This page is your one-stop shop for all the resources you need to follow along with this legislative session and to successfully advocate for students, educators and public education.

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Best and Brightest Program Settlement

In 2017, the FEA filed a lawsuit against the Department and Florida’s school districts and other special districts in the federal court in Tallahassee.  The lawsuit claims that the SAT/ACT…

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FEA: DeSantis fails to provide real solutions for public schools

TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of educators and supporters delivered the “state of the state” for public…

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Thousands to rally in state capital Jan. 13 for students, public schools

TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of public education stakeholders and supporters will “Take on Tallahassee” on Monday,…

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While the governor proposes a stay-the-course plan, we have a truly bold vision for Florida’s schools

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Education Association (FEA) is calling for a truly bold vision for…

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