Attempt to loosen Fla. class size limits fails

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A House-passed measure to loosen
Florida's class size limits had failed.

The 2010 ballot proposal (HJR 919) never came to a vote in the
Senate as the Legislature finished its non-budget business Friday.

Voters in 2002 passed a state constitutional amendment that will
limit classes to no more than 18 to 25 students depending on grade
level beginning with the 2010-11 school year.

Opponents say the limits are too costly and divert money from
other needs. The House proposal that would have cut those costs by
requiring the limits be met only on a school average basis.

The sponsor, Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said he
plans to try again next year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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