Alachua Joins Class-Size Lawsuit
Alachua county doesn't comply with the state's class-size requirements, and is facing the possibility of hundreds of thousands in fines. Before the district pays up, administrators have jumped on a bandwagon---headed straight to the courts.
Alachua county has decided not to follow the state's class-size rules, which fines districts three thousand dollars per student, per class, who exceed the strict caps.
According to school board spokesperson Jackie Johnson, the district is looking at about $560,000 in fines to the state.
"When the county gets fined, let's say three thousand dollars for three over kids in this class, where is that money going? What's it going to be used for? If it's not recycled back into education, isn't that a misuse of education money?" said Bob Howland, an AP Physics teacher at Buchholz High School in Gainesville.
The district has told the Florida School Boards Association, it will join a lawsuit against the state if it imposes penalties on schools that don't have all their classes in compliance.
Alachua is joining sixteen other districts in the suit.
It's too soon to tell, but Johnson says, if the district has to pay up... they'll be tapping into the general revenue fund.
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