Florida's Class Size Reduction Amendment History

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    In 2002, citizens approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution that set limits on the number of students in core classes (Math, English, Science, etc.) in the state's public schools. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the maximum number of students in each core class would be:

    • 18 students in prekindergarten through grade 3;
    • 22 students in grades 4 through 8; and
    • 25 students in grades 9 through 12.

    In 2003, the Florida Legislature enacted Chapter 2003-391, Laws of Florida which implemented the amendment by requiring the number of students in each classroom to be reduced by at least two students per year beginning in the 2003-04 school year, until the maximum number of students per classroom did not exceed the requirements in law. Compliance with the amendment would be determined as follows:

    • 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 at the district level
    • 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 at the school level
      • The 2009 Legislature extended the calculation at the school level for an additional year to include 2009-2010.
    • 2010-2011 and subsequent years at the classroom level

Class Size Implementation Budget

  • The Florida Legislature appropriated more than $37 billion toward operational expenses and $2.5 billion in facilities funding to implement the Class Size Amendment. Below are the funding amounts for each category since the amendment was put into law.

    Year Operating Funds Facility Funds Total Funds
    2003-04 $468,198,634 $ 600,000,000 $ 1,068,198,634
    2004-05 $ 972,191,216 $ 100,000,000 $ 1,072,191,216
    2005-06 $ 1,507,199,696 $ 83,400,000 $ 1,590,599,696
    2006-07 $ 2,108,529,344 $ 1,100,000,000 $ 3,208,529,344
    2007-08 $ 2,640,719,730 $ 650,000,000 $ 3,290,719,730
    2008-09 $ 2,729,491,033 $ 0 $ 2,729,491,033
    2009-10 $ 2,845,578,849 $ 0 $ 2,845,578,849
    2010-11 $ 2,913,825,383 $ 0 $ 2,913,825,383
    2011-12 $ 2,913,825,383 $ 0 $ 2,913,825,383
    2012-13 $ 2,974,748,257 $ 0 $ 2,974,748,257
    2013-14 $ 2,974,766,164 $ 0 $ 2,974,766,164
    2014-15 $ 3,013,103,776 $ 0 $ 3,013,103,776
    2015-16 $ 3,035,025,330 $ 0 $ 3,035,025,330
    2016-17 $ 3,071,776,008 $ 0 $ 3,071,776,008
    2017-18 $ 3,097,734,706 $ 0 $ 3,097,734,706
    Total to Date $ 37,280,353,005 $ 2,533,400,000 $ 39,813,153,005

Consequences of Not Meeting Class Size Requirements

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    1003.03(4)(a), F.S., requires a reduction in class size categorical funding for districts or charter schools that are not in compliance. Up to 25 percent of the reduction is reallocated to districts and charter schools that are in compliance. The remaining balance is reallocated to districts and charter schools that are not in compliance, and have submitted a certified plan to the Commissioner by February 1, explaining the actions the district or charter school will take to ensure compliance by October of the subsequent year.

Compliance Plan and Reallocation to Districts and Charter Schools Not in Compliance Section

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    1003.03(4)(e), F.S., requires each district and charter school not in compliance to submit to the Commissioner by February 1, a plan that describes the specific actions that will be taken to fully comply with class size reduction requirements by October of the subsequent year. A compliance plan for a traditional public school must be certified by the school board. A charter school's compliance plan must be certified by the charter school's board of directors.

    For traditional public schools, the balance of the reduction remaining after the reallocation to districts that are in compliance will be added back to the district's class size categorical allocation for those districts that are not in compliance but have submitted a certified plan by the required deadline. The reallocation is based on each qualifying district's proportion of the total reduction for all qualifying districts for which a reduction was calculated.

    For charter schools, the balance of the reduction remaining after the reallocation to charter schools that are in compliance will be added back to the charter school's class size categorical for those charter schools that are not in compliance but have submitted a certified plan by the required deadline. The reallocation is based on each qualifying charter school's proportion of the total reduction for all qualifying charter schools for which a reduction was calculated.

    No district or charter school shall have an amount added back that is greater than the amount reduced. Districts or charter schools that submit a compliance plan after the February 1, deadline will not be eligible to participate in the reallocation calculation.

Contact Information

  • Portfolio Services

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    Leslie Brown

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