TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida school districts could face fines as high as $66 million for failing to comply with the class size amendment.
Broward County Public Schools is facing the largest penalty, followed by Miami-Dade, which could have to pay about $9 million. Duval and Pasco county school districts are facing fines of $6.8 million and $4 million, respectively.
In all, 35 districts were found to be out of compliance with the law, which specifies the amount of students allowed in core classes. Districts will have an opportunity to appeal and have their fines reduced.
Many of the schools are already squeezed for cash.
In a letter sent to district superintendents Thursday, Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said appeals have been received and documentation of any extenuating circumstances will be reviewed.