$27 billion didn't buy classrooms Florida voters wanted

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In 2002, with the expectation that smaller class sizes would improve student achievement, Florida voters approved an amendment to the Constitution that set limits on class sizes in the state’s public schools.

As the father of 6- and 9-year old boys at the time, I wanted to believe, much like 52 percent of Floridians who approved the amendment, that my children would benefit from the individual instruction they would get in smaller classes. But I knew something those 52 percent of voters didn’t. Having researched and drafted education policy as a member of Gov. Bush’s 1998 gubernatorial campaign team, I knew that smaller classes alone would not improve academic performance.

I also knew the costs to the taxpayers to implement the class size amendment would be staggering, so I voted against it.

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