WUFT News

Class size fines under review

By and on October 25th, 2011

The Alachua County school district is beginning to review a potential fine it faces because of class size violations. Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says the district knew there would be a penalty because it was unwilling to compromise education to meet the class size limits.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

She says the district is looking at a $400,000 penalty right now, although that number should drop drastically after all appeals are processed. The Florida Department of Education Communications office says no official findings on class size violations have yet been released, so these preliminary calculations may be coming from within the district.  Johnson says the class size law was originally approved by voters in 2002 and required the state to pay to implement the size limits, but the state failed to pay this price.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The district is pushing lawmakers to hold the state accountable for the funding, but ultimately, Johnson says the district will likely pay, and that will come from the district’s general fund.

(In depth version)

The Alachua County School District may face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for violating the state’s class size limit. School District Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says the district is looking at a $576,000 penalty.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 


This entry was posted in Florida, Local. Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Bill Would Allow University Foundations to Discuss Research in Private

House Bill 115 passed Thursday with a vote of 83-33. The bill proposes the creation of secret meetings, which would be exempt from public records laws, when universities foundations discuss research proposals and money.


Visual for the “Staying Alive on I-75” campaign

Spreading Distracted Driving Awareness In Florida And Beyond

Distracted driving was the focus of a recent Interstate 75 campaign. Nationwide efforts are also being made to address this issue.


Photos from former Florida Governor Reubin Askew's visit to the University of Florida's  Bob Graham Center for Public Service on Nov. 14, 2011.

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew Dies At 85

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, recognized for bringing transparency to Florida politics, died Thursday morning.


The Lake Butler Children’s Splash Park is located by the lake’s community center and children’s park. The park is intended to expose younger children to safe physical activity.

Lake Butler Children’s Splash Park to Open in March

The city of Lake Butler is opening a splash park on March 20, located by the lake’s community center and children’s park. The park is designed for kids age 13 and under and will expose children to safe physical activity.


GALLERY: Thousands Gather for 150th Anniversary of Civil War Battle

The 38th Annual Olustee Battle Re-Enactment took place last weekend in Lake City, Fla.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments