Florida teachers fight proposed changes to class size amendment

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Tallahassee, Florida -- The Florida Education Association is kicking off a campaign to save Florida's class size amendment from proposed changes.

The teachers union is fighting Amendment 8 on the November ballot, which would relax the class size requirements that voters passed in 2002.

Under the initiative, class size would be calculated based on school averages instead of each room.

The association's campaign is called "Vote NO on 8." 

FEA spokesman Mark Pudlow says the proposed amendment would mean larger class sizes across Florida. He argues the existing amendment is best for children. 

"I've not heard any parent come up to me and say 'I want more kids in my son's classroom.' And I haven't heard any teachers come up to me and say, 'Boy, everything would be just rosy if I had four or five more kids in the class.'  This is something that's popular with voters.  It's popular with teachers.  It gives them an opportunity to control their classes better."

Supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment say the current requirements are too rigid and cost schools too much money. 

Dave Heller, 10 News

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