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Gov. Jeb Bush has shrewdly proposed a constitutional amendment that would raise the salaries of teachers but lower the standard for enforcing a class-size measure approved by voters.
The governor's measure has two main components:
* One would change the criteria for measuring voter-endorsed caps on the number of students in public school classrooms. Bush's amendment would eliminate the current, classroom-by-classroom standard and replace it with a "district average."
* The other part would establish a "minimum salary for each public school teacher" of "no less than $35,000." (Note that this language, taken from the governor's proposed amendment, would create a $35,000 minimum for all teachers, not only those in their first year.) This provision would also require …