Fla. Senate Eases Classroom Size Restrictions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The state Senate has voted to loosen Florida's class size limits.

The chamber voted 31-7 on Thursday for a bill (SB 2120) that would shrink the number of core courses covered by class size requirements and let schools break the caps for students who enroll after an annual head count. All Republicans, but just four Democrats voted for the bill.

A similar bill (HB 5105) is awaiting a floor vote in the House.

The Senate on Wednesday agreed to restore social studies as core classes and ensure that all prekindergarten through third grade classes are covered by the caps.

Both versions would remove other courses not required for graduation or tested by the state including foreign language studies and advanced and honors classes.

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