Reworking Class Size Limits
In 2002, Florida voters set specific limits on the number of students in the state’s classrooms. Since then, districts have been phasing in smaller classes, shrinking them by two students a year. And come August, all classrooms in the state must be within the caps set by the 2002 amendment. Now some lawmakers and educators are asking voters to relax the standards and instead count class size at the school level, rather than for each classroom. This proposal -- and what it means for our schools -- is our focus this week.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist is asking authorities in Mississippi to extradite Jarred Harrell back to Florida being that he is considered to be a "person of interest" in the on-going Somer Thompson murder investigation. A number of conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service claiming that it is not doing enough to protect the Florida Panther. And Florida Governor Charlie Crist is proposing the creation of a trust fund aimed at "relaunching" the space industry in Florida.
Walt Shaffner and Mary Fischer
Almost every family has a certain deep emotional connection that lives on even after death. Walter Shaffner of Valrico and his sister Mary Fischer talk about that connection in their family, the impact their parents had on their lives, and what a baseball bat and a bullhorn represented long after their parents died.
Tampa Bay is rated the worst area for commuters, and a Florida representative is working on a bill to require NASA to build a spacecraft that would go beyond where the space shuttle could go.
IN-DEPTH: A second look at the class size amendment. IN-DEPTH: Sinkholes and damage to homes.
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