From The Miami Herald: Florida voters reaffirmed their commitment to small class sizes on Tuesday, defeating a Constitutional amendment that would have relaxed the rules on how many children may be in a classroom. It was a victory for parent and teacher groups, which had lobbied to keep the existing class-size rules in place. Loosening the regulations, they argued, could mean less state funding for education.
OCTOBER 2010...from The Miami Herald: The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that voters will decide the fate of the state's class-size law in the November election. The court unanimously rejected a challenge from the statewide teachers union that the proposal was misleading. The Florida Education Association had argued that the Legislature's attempt to soften the class size provision in the state Constitution was not accurately portrayed in the summary that will appear on the ballot..
The court disagreed.
SEPTEMBER 2010...From The Palm Beach Post: A judge in Florida has ruled that a proposed referendum on the state’s class-size amendment isn't misleading to voters and can remain on the Nov. 2 ballot. The state's teachers union says it will appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. Charles Frances, the chief circuit judge for Leon County, rejected arguments by the Florida Education Association that the ballot title and summary for Amendment 8 concealed its true purpose - to reduce the state's cost of paying for public schools. EARLIER...from The St. Petersburg Times: A proposed ballot amendment to ease Florida's class-size requirements is facing a legal challenge from the state's largest teachers union. The Florida Education Association argues that the summary that will appear on the November ballot doesn't fully explain the proposed amendment's effect. It tells voters that the class-size caps will change, the union's lawyers say, but it doesn't explain how that change likely will reduce money to schools.
JULY 2010...from The St. Petersburg Times: The Florida Education Association has filed suit to stop the Florida Legislature from placing a constitutional amendment referendum on class size onto the November ballot.