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Senator Seeks To Curb School Districts’ Misuse Of Florida Class Size Loophole

Florida Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg says he wants to stop Florida school districts from playing fast and loose with state class-size laws.

Too many districts are misapplying a 2013 law that allows “schools of choice” to evade classroom student counts, Legg said, instead using the more lenient schoolwide average that saves them money and space.

That measure was intended to provide flexibility to innovative schools, such as magnets, that seek to accommodate families seeking specific academic programs, Legg said. What has happened, though, is dozens of districts, including Pasco, Miami-Dade and Broward, have listed all their schools — including those that have long been frozen to school choice — as “schools of choice.”