Florida Education Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The state Board of Education is endorsing the repeal of the class-size amendment for most grades. The board also directed the Education Department to develop a plan to spend the estimated $600 million that would save in the upcoming budget.

The board's unanimous vote today directed the Education Department to develop a plan to cap class sizes in kindergarten through third grade only. Voters approved the class-size amendment last year and would have to approve any repeal.

The class-size amendment would take one billion dollars of the proposed $15.2 billion education budget for the 2004-05 school year. The board was to vote on the proposed budget later Tuesday, and then submit it to Gov. Jeb Bush and the Legislature for their consideration.

Education Commissioner Jim Horne would like to spend the money trimmed from the class-size amendment used instead for teacher salaries, reading specialists, technology and career preparation for high school students.

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