Class Size Amendment Progress Report

The Florida Department of Education has notified all of the state's school districts on their progress in meeting the class size amendment. Overall, the news is good for district in our area.
But there are a few trouble spots.
Class Sizes
Total Classes # Over Cap
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Bay 3,364 0
Jackson 2,271 0
Okaloosa 8,629 0

According to the state numbers, Bay County does not have a single class over the student to teacher ratio. Neither does Jackson or Okaloosa counties.

Class Sizes
Total Classes # Over Cap
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Calhoun 568 21
Franklin 323 14
Gulf 579 2
Holmes 1,012 67
Liberty 430 24
Walton 1,888 11
Washington 1,095 3

But the rest of the counties in our area are not in compliance. Calhoun has a total of 21 classes with too many students. Franklin has 14. Gulf County only has 2-classes that don't meet the requirements. But Holmes County has the most in the area at 67. Liberty County has 24-classes considered to be overcrowded. Walton has 11 and Washington County has just 3.

Class Size Requirements
Class Student Cap
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K-3rd 18 students
4th-8th 22 students
9th-12th 25 students

The state law requires K-3rd grade classes to have no more than 18 students to each teacher. 4th through 8th grades can have no more than 22 students and high school classes can not have more than 25 students.

Class Size Timetable
Dec. 17th Appeal Deadline
Jan. 6th Appeal Reviews Begin
Feb. 15th Compliance Plan Deadline

School district officials were notified bout their status today. They have until December 17th to appeal the Department of Education's findings and submit documentation. The Department of Education will begin reviewing the appeals on January 6th.

Then the districts that are not meeting the requirements have until February 15th to submit a compliance plan showing how they plan to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio.

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