Too Many Students in Class
Florida's report on class size compliance shows the numbers aren't good for most north central Florida counties.
Marion county falls perfectly in line with the class size requirements but the same can't be said for any other county in the region-- especially Alachua, which has the most violations in north central Florida.
Scott Smith's advanced placement calculus class at Eastside High School in Gainesville is three students over the state's High School limit of 25.
Florida schools are only allowed 18 students in pre-k through third grade and 22 in fourth through eighth grade.
According to school board spokesperson Jackie Johnson, Alachua county is facing a $360,000 fine from the state for non-compliance.
"We decided we are not going to penalize those highly motivated students who want to take those advanced and honors classes by telling them that if you're over the 25, you can't take that class," said Johnson.
The district has signed on to a lawsuit against the state, which the Florida School Board Association will file as soon as the state slaps districts with fines.
Alachua county does have until December 17th to file an appeal with the state board of education. Otherwise the district has until February 15 to send a plan to the state showing how they'll bring down class sizes, if they do, the fine could be reduced.
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