State education chair revives call to revamp class-size limitby 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.”