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Boca dad suing district over class size

A Boca Raton father is suing the Palm Beach County School District because he says his son's kindergarten class at Addison Mizner Elementary School is too big.

"It is beyond the limit and it is too much. The teacher can't spend as much time with the students. And you can't keep an eye on that many kids. It is hard to do," the father Paul Kunz said.

The Florida Constitution says no more than 18 students should be in a public school classroom grades kindergarten thru third.

"I didn't want to file the lawsuit against the school district. It is the last thing I wanted to be doing. But when I inquired why they are allowing 21 students in the class when the cap is 18, I was very dissatisfied with the answer I got. The answer was we are allowed to do it. There isn't a problem," Kunz said.

But there are loopholes in the law. Some classes can be over the limit if the average class size for the school is in compliance.

Palm Beach County School District Spokeswoman Kathy Burstein released a statement that said: "We were just served with the lawsuit. We are in the process of reviewing the allegations."

Palm Beach County Teacher's Union President Dr. Kathi Gundlach says it is difficult for teachers when the classes are even just a few students too large.

"I think it (the lawsuit) is good that it brings up the issue that the state is not funding education appropriately. It also brings up the fact that a law was passed that said there is a certain class size and the legislature has whittled it down and whittled it down," Dr. Gundlach said.

Kunz points out he is not suing the school district for money, but instead asking a judge to decide whether or not they are following the law when it comes to class sizes.

 

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