Numbers game

Nobody, notably including Gov. Jeb Bush, knows what it will ultimately cost Florida to fund the class-size reduction amendment passed by voters in 2002. The estimates absurdly range from $10 billion to $28 billion by 2010.

But here are some numbers with a lot more credibility.

For the 2005-06 school year, Hillsborough schools are looking at a projected deficit of $8.8 million. In addition, the district is scrambling to find a way to pay for about $20 million in employee raises.

But there is $41 million set aside for class-size reduction.

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