Class Size


Florida's Class Size Reduction Amendment History

In 2002, citizens approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution that set limits on the number of students in core classes (Math, English, Science, etc.) in the state's public schools. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the maximum number of students in each core class would be:

  • 18 students in prekindergarten through grade 3;
  • 22 students in grades 4 through 8; and
  • 25 students in grades 9 through 12.

In 2003, the Florida Legislature enacted Chapter 2003-391, Laws of Florida which implemented the amendment by requiring the number of students in each classroom to be reduced by at least two students per year beginning in the 2003-04 school year, until the maximum number of students per classroom did not exceed the requirements in law. Compliance with the amendment would be determined as follows:

  • 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 at the district level
  • 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 at the school level
    • The 2009 Legislature extended the calculation at the school level for an additional year to include 2009-2010.
  • 2010-2011 and subsequent years at the classroom level

Class Size Implementation Budget

The Florida Legislature appropriated more than $25 billion toward operational expenses and $2.5 billion in facilities funding to implement the Class Size Amendment

Year
Operating Funds
Facilities Funds
Total Funds

2003-04
$    468,198,634
$   600,000,000
$ 1,068,198,634

2004-05
$    972,191,216
$   100,000,000
$ 1,072,191,216

2005-06
$ 1,507,199,696
$     83,400,000
$ 1,590,599,696

2006-07
$ 2,108,529,344
$1,100,000,000
$ 3,208,529,344

2007-08
$ 2,640,719,730
$   650,000,000
$ 3,290,719,730

2008-09
$ 2,729,491,033
$                     0
$ 2,729,491,033

2009-10
$ 2,845,578,849
$                     0
$ 2,845,578,849

2010-11
$ 2,913,825,383
$                     0
$ 2,913,825,383

2011-12
$ 2,927,464,879
$                     0
$ 2,927,464,879

2012-13
$ 2,974,748,257
$                     0
$ 2,974,748,257

2013-14
$ 2,974,766,164
$                     0
$ 2,974,766,174

2014-15
$ 3,013,103,776
$                     0
$ 3,013,103,776

2015-16
$ 3,040,910,760
$                     0
$ 3,040,910,760

Total to Date
$31,116,727,721
$2,533,400,000
$33,650,127,731

For questions or additional information contact Lee Davis by phone at 850-245-0405.