Citizens For Strong Schools

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A long-running lawsuit over whether the state is properly funding its public schools is now before the Florida Supreme Court.  Oral arguments have been scheduled for November 8th.

The Florida Supreme Court will take up a long running lawsuit over public school funding. The lawsuit began in 2009 and has made its way through the courts, spanned two governors, multiple education commissioners, and three house and senate leaders.

USA Today

Education advocates went to court this week to argue that Florida isn’t complying with a 20-year-old constitutional mandate to provide a “uniform” and “high quality” education. But the legal tug of war is raising questions about the power of petition drives to effect meaningful change.  

Florida Channel

Education advocates ran into a buzz saw of tough questions Tuesday in their fight to revive an adequacy lawsuit based on a 1998 constitutional amendment.   Appellants cited test scores, but a three-judge panel with the First District Court of Appeal appeared skeptical.

Citizens for Strong Schools attorney Jodi Siegel argued Florida’s public schools can’t possibly be meeting the “high-quality” and “uniform” standard voters demanded when testing shows thousands of poor and minority students are lagging behind.

The Leon County School Board discusses the budget at its meeting today.

A challenge to the way Florida funds its public schools has been tossed out by a circuit judge. The lawsuit was brought by the group Citizens for Strong Schools. It alleged state leaders failed to provide adequate funding for a high quality education under Florida’s constitution.

A Tallahassee circuit judge is expected to decide in a few weeks whether Florida is living up to a 1998 constitutional amendment that requires a “high-quality” education -- one of the toughest mandates in the country.