Friday, February 13, 2015
Florida's class size amendment under attack... again.
Every year the Florida Tax Watch group attacks the class size amendment saying Florida’s taxpayers could save billions of dollars if they would do away with or change it. These savings would actually be cuts to education which would be embarrassing as Florida is already nearly dead last in what it spends per pupil. The Florida Tax Watch’s slogan should be, Fiftieth we’ll get there one way or another.
Their big suggestion that we do school averages rather than class averages is a bit insincere because the state legislature has exempted hundreds of class, electives, AP classes’ etc, from the class size amendment. I have another suggestion, why don’t we instead insist the legislature fund the class size amendment like the people expected them to do when they voted for it once and to uphold it two other times.
Instead of cutting education budgets which is what Florida Tax watch is really advocating lets invest in our schools and the one reform, smaller classes that has evidence that says it works, something charter schools, blame the teacher evaluations, failing third graders and high stakes testing cannot say. If you are still on the fence ask a teacher if they think they would be better and more effective with five or eight more students or not.