Class Size Reduction
Welcome to the Broward County Public Schools Class Size Reduction (CSR) Web Site!

Class Size Listing of Revised Core Courses (Updated June 2015)
Student Enrollment Projections
Class Size Reduction 2015-16 Reporting Timeline (pdf)
FDOE Class Size Reduction Web site 
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 (such as 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 that implemented the amendment by requiring the number of students in each classroom be reduced by at least two students per year beginning in the
2003-2004 school year, until the maximum number of students per classroom did not exceed the requirements in law.
The amendment would be calculated as follows:
  • 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 at the district level
  • 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 at the school level
  • 2009 Legislature extended the calculation at the school level for an additional year to include 2009-2010
  • 2010-2011 and on, at the classroom level
Florida's Class Size Amendment - 2012 Legislative Session

In 2011, the Florida Legislature revised the list of core courses that would be included in the Class Size calculation for compliance. Given the state’s drastic budget cuts, this change was to allow for more flexibility at the school level.
  • Charter schools continue to hold to the School-wide average by grade grouping. Thus, if one Kindergarten class is at 23, another class could be at 13 within the PK-3 grade grouping, and the average of the two classes would be within compliance at 18.
  • Other significant changes in 2011, included:
    • The number of core classes included in the Class Size Reduction compliance calculation was reduced from 849 to 296.
    • Middle School core classes that earn High School credit may be contain 25 students.
    • High school classes that earn college credit are no longer included in the Class Size Reduction calculation for compliance.
Class Size Implementation Budget

The Florida Legislature appropriated more than $19 billion toward operational expenses and $2.5 billion in facilities funding to implement the Class Size Amendment. Below are the funding amounts for each category since the amendment was put into law.

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
 
Consequences of not Meeting Class Size Requirements

1003.03(4)(a), F.S., requires a reduction in class size categorical funding for districts or charter schools that are not in compliance. Up to 25 percent of the reduction is reallocated to districts and charter schools that are in compliance. The remaining balance is reallocated to districts and charter schools that are not in compliance, and have submitted a certified plan to the Commissioner by February 15, explaining the actions the district or charter school will take to ensure compliance by October of the subsequent year.

Compliance Plan and Reallocation to Districts and Charter Schools Not in Compliance Section

1003.03(4)(e), F.S., requires each district and charter school not in compliance to submit to the Commissioner by February 15, a plan that describes the specific actions that will be taken to fully comply with class size reduction requirements by October of the subsequent year. A compliance plan for a traditional public school must be certified by the school board. A charter school's compliance plan must be certified by the charter school's board of directors.

For traditional public schools, the balance of the reduction remaining after the reallocation to districts that are in compliance will be added back to the district's class size categorical allocation for those districts that are not in compliance but have submitted a certified plan by the required deadline. The reallocation is based on each qualifying district's proportion of the total reduction for all qualifying districts for which a reduction was calculated.

For charter schools, the balance of the reduction remaining after the reallocation to charter schools that are in compliance will be added back to the charter school's class size categorical for those charter schools that are not in compliance but have submitted a certified plan by the required deadline. The reallocation is based on each qualifying charter school's proportion of the total reduction for all qualifying charter schools for which a reduction was calculated.

No district or charter school shall have an amount added back that is greater than the amount reduced. Districts or charter schools that submit a compliance plan after the February 15, deadline will not be eligible to participate in the reallocation calculation.
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