Citizens For Strong Schools

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.