TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – A Florida Senator who sponsored a bill aimed at loosening the state’s class size limits said he’s made some concessions and is open to more discussion on it.

According to the class size amendment in Florida Constitution only core classes, like English and Math, are covered.

Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, original bill would have shrunk the number of core classes from more than 800 to nearly 300. He also agreed to restore social studies as core classes and ensure that all pre-kindergarten through third grade classes are included.

The bill (SB 2120) still would remove foreign language classes from the limits, but Simmons said he’s still willing to discuss that issue.

Floor votes on Simmons’ bill in the Senate and similar legislation (HB 5105) in the House are set for Thursday.

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