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Florida's Constitutional Limits On Class Size

Background

In 2002, voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution that set limits on the number of students in core classes, such as math, reading and science, in the state’s public schools.

As of the 2010-2011 school year, the maximum number of students in each core class are:

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

Class sizes got larger again at the start of the 2010-2011 school year, after the state re-defined what a core class was.

About two-thirds of the 849 “core” classes offered in Florida elementary, middle and high schools were downgraded to “extra-curricular” status, which has no limit on class size. Classes like calculus, anatomy and Spanish were affected.

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