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State education chair revives call to revamp class-size limit

by John Kennedy | September 13th, 2013

Florida’s class-size amendment, blasted by former Gov. Jeb Bush and fellow Republicans even before its inception in 2002, has a newly outspoken, prominent critic:

State Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott.

“In my opinion, we are wasting money to the tune of half-a-billion dollars a year,” Chartrand said Friday at the Florida Leaders Summit in Orlando.

The amendment, which imposes limits on the number of students in classrooms, withstood a ballot effort in 2010 to revamp it by making it apply only at a school-average. Chartrand said Friday that’s the standard he’d like to see apply in an effort to redirect money into improving teacher performance and other efforts.

Chartrand didn’t offer a path to change. But he made it clear he thinks the limits don’t help student achievement.

Meanwhile, Chartrand said the amendment forces “wasteful spending.”

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23 Responses to “State education chair revives call to revamp class-size limit”

  1. Making it worse Says:

    He obviously doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    The amount of paperwork, standards, meetings, teaching to the test, etc. that the average teacher faces in Palm Beach County cuts in on teaching time tremendously. Now, this fool wants to increase the number of students on top of that.

    Let him spend a day or two in a classroom and see how he feels about his idea.

  2. No savings Says:

    When new schools were built classroom dimensions were reduced as there were fewer students in a classroom.

    If more students are added to classroom, then more classrooms will have to be built.

    Just can’t squeeze more students into the reduced dimensions of a classroom.

  3. Keep EDUCATION LOCAL! Says:

    The problem with education is the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and the DEPARTMENT of EDUCATION.

    Their INTERFERENCE (with ‘good’ intentions) has DESTROYED Education.

    That’s is why many parents are seeking alternatives to public education-private, charter, virtual, etc.

    The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT should send block grants to each state and let the State set parameters. The people are closer to the State reps, than those at the FEDERAL level.

    TOO MUCH FEDERAL INTERVENTION IN TOO MUCH OF AMERICANS LIVES.

  4. Nope. Terrible idea. Says:

    He wants more money spent on improving Teacher performance? Trust me when I say that Teachers perform better with 23 students (my average class size here) than 35 students (my average class size when I taught in Texas. Instruction is more differentiated, special needs (both gifted AND learning-disabled) are better-served, and classrooms are safer.

    I recognize that Chartrand has a responsibility to see that the state’s education dollar is spent as effectively as possible, but I can think of few better returns on investment than those I listed above.

  5. Desoto Dog Says:

    He is a Scott Appointee…what did you expect him to say…this bunch is out of their minds…show me your “Data” that you base your “opinion” on. This whole article stinks of cronyism.

  6. Anti-Tallahassee Says:

    Chartrand should come down from his mile high perch and get a real view of education. When you look at the NCLB and all the state regulations, you see that a lot of time is wasted on paperwork: A3′s, PMP’s, RTI. A teacher cannot deliver effective differentiated instruction in a class of 35! If he really wants to stop wasting money, he does not have to leave Tallahassee. Just take a good look around that white elephantine building on Gaines St. (DOE) and find the true waste! It all emanates from that pivot point.

  7. kaka Says:

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  10. kaka Says:

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    That’s is why many parents are seeking alternatives to public education-privat

  11. kaka Says:

    rmance? Trust me when I say that Teachers perform better with 23 students (my average class size here) than 35 students (my average class size when I taught in Texas. Instruction is more differentiated, special needs (both gifted AND learning-disabled) are better-serv

  12. kaka Says:

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  13. kaka Says:

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