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Pinellas schools meeting class-size restrictions


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Pinellas County public schools appear to be meeting the state’s class-size law.

“As of last week, the district’s internal class-size reports showed no class-size overages,” spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra said in an email.

The Florida Department of Education is expected to confirm whether schools officially comply with the restrictions in late November.

The district’s success at meeting the requirements is the result of a cross-departmental effort between the curriculum and instruction, human resources, budget, technology information systems and student assignment departments.

According to the latest count, 101,699 students attend Pinellas schools.

In 2002, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment setting limits for the maximum number of students in a class by the start of the 2010-11 school year.

The law sets a cap of 18 students per class in kindergarten through third grade, 22 students in fourth through eighth grades and 25 students in ninth through 12th grades.

The limits apply to core classes like math and English, but not to art, music and other classes.

Hillsborough, with 204,731 students, and Pasco, with 68,904 students, also appear to be in compliance.

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