Florida Education Association

Vote NO on 8: Helping guarantee Florida students have reasonable class sizes.

In 2010, the Florida legislature proposed a constitutional amendment to loosen restrictions on class sizes in Florida.

This reckless proposal ran headlong against an amendment passed by the voters in 2002 that set clear and reasonable standards for class sizes.  That amendment was set to take effect for the 2010-2011 school year – but, rather than meet those standards, the Florida Legislature tried to convince voters to strip away those standards with Amendment 8.

Amendment 8 would increase class sizes and had the support of most statewide elected officials and candidates and nearly every major newspaper – but it threated children’s education and the jobs of many teachers.

The Deliver Strategies team worked closely with the Florida Education Association to turn teachers out to vote and to educate the public about the dangerous consequences of passing Amendment 8.

The amendment was defeated by 5%, helping to guarantee Florida students have reasonable class sizes for core curriculum classes.