|Published:||Aug 27, 2010 10:34 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 27, 2010 5:25 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Florida's Class Size Amendment was passed by voters to keep class sizes small, but some Lee County educators say it's doing exactly the opposite.
Only 17 students meet for a Spanish class at Cape Coral High. It's a product of the Class Size Amendment. Core classes like Math, Science, and English are mandated to top out at 25 students per class.
"You need more teachers to make that happen, but you're not given the money for the teachers, what are you going to do?" said Cape Coral High School Principal Eric McFee.
McFee says since the Class Size Amendment was ok-ed by voters in 2002, classes not covered by the amendment are bursting at the seams.
"You'll see art and ceramics, maybe at 45 kids. All within safe ranges, all within productive ranges, but you lose some of that one-on-one when you get to those classes," McFee said Friday.
Some of those classes have more than double the number of students in core classes.
"Our classes can get as big as 60, 70 kids," said Cape Coral P.E. teacher Larry Gary.
Physical Education classes are thought to be the hardest hit as a repercussion of the amendment.
"The biggest challenge is just supervision, and making the kids stay on task," Gary said Friday.
Educators like McFee are now asking for a second look at the law, in order to help balance things out.
"Some common sense has to be common practice. Not every class needs to be at 25," McFee said.
In November, ballots will ask Florida voters whether class sizes should be based on a school-wide average, instead of a fixed number.
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