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Duval County gets states biggest fines for violating the class size amendment.
From the Tampa Times by Jeff Solochek
Forty-two Florida school districts will get a bump to their budget bottom lines later this month, when the state reallocates its class size funds for 2012-13.
The 25 districts that did not comply with Florida's 2002 voter mandate on class sizes will pay $5.6 million in fines, which will be redistributed to districts that met the mark. In the Tampa area, the Hillsborough district stands to receive $687.240; Pinellas, $359,176; Pasco, $235,535; and Hernando, $80,761.
The largest donors to the fund are Duval ($1.59 million), Broward ($1.3 million) and Miami-Dade ($1.08 million).
The electronic fund transfers are due June 26. Some district officials have already indicated they plan to apply the money to offset deficits in 2013-14.