In the Nov. 2 election, a referendum that would have given Florida public school officials more flexibility to accomplish class-size reductions was approved by a majority of voters but did not get the supermajority required to pass.

The rejection leaves many school officials — already dealing with the continuing economic downturn and declining revenue — scrambling to avoid fines for failing to implement smaller class sizes as required by a constitutional amendment passed in a 2002 referendum.

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