Class size changes debated — again

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For the second time, the Senate Budget Committee considered on Thursday a bill (SB 1466) that would change the number of classes that have to meet the state? class size caps, reports the News Service of Florida.A previous budget conforming bill (SB 2120) included the same class size changes and was already approved by the full Senate. The measure approved by the budget committee on Thursday reduces the number of classes that have to meet class size caps. The bill would not count foreign language classes or Advanced Placement classes, for instance, under class size requirements. It was amended Thursday to match the conforming bill and include social studies classes in pre-kindergarten through grade 3 under class size caps and any class required for middle school promotion. Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, said he was still in negotiations with the Florida Education Association, the teachers union, on whether to include or exclude foreign language classes, hinting that there may be more changes coming to SB 1466 before it is voted on by the full Senate.

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