Proposal targets class size, higher teacher pay

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission will consider a proposal that would make it easier for schools to comply with class-size limits, with financial savings required to go toward higher teacher pay.

Commission member Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, filed the proposal before a deadline last week. If approved by the commission in the coming months, it would go on the November 2018 ballot.

Voters in 2002 approved a constitutional amendment that placed strict limits on public-school class sizes. But the requirements have long been controversial, with many Republicans questioning whether the limits improve student achievement and pointing to the costs.

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