Published: Jan 18, 2011 8:46 PM EST
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 5:47 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Florida's Board of Education says the state's education commissioner and the Legislature will deal with school districts violating class-size limits.

Meeting in Pensacola Tuesday on morning, board members said the commissioner will work with districts to discuss fines and penalties.

For the first time this school year, Florida is enforcing class-size caps of 18 students for pre-kindergarten through third grade, 22 in fourth through eighth grade and 25 in high school. So far, 25 of the 35 districts found in violation have appealed.

Critics have complained the cost of compliance is too high. The Legislature last year put an amendment on the ballot to loosen the caps, but voters rejected that proposal. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)