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FEA President Says More Could Follow Broward's Challenge To New Charter Law

Broward County schools will soon launch a challenge to a new state education law that steers more local dollars to charter schools and  the head of the state teachers union believe more lawsuits will soon follow.

The new law steers locally generated dollars to charter schools and allows them to tap into federal funds meant for schools that serve large numbers of low income students. Broward County is preparing to file a lawsuit against the measure and McCall says she expects more districts and organizations to follow:

“I don’t think Broward will be alone," she says. "I anticipate Miami-Dade--Superintendent Carvalho--will join in—just my thoughts. And Senator [Bill] Montford who is in charge of all the superintendents the executive director of the superintendents, is very unhappy about this.”

Bill Montford heads the state superintendents association. Alberto Carvalho is superintendent of the Miami-Dade school district, the largest in the state.

Governor Rick Scott approved the law over the objections of school districts and many state lawmakers—including senate leaders who McCall says, expected House Bill 7069 to be vetoed. Even charter school lobbyists have suggested the law will be challenged.

The Sun Sentinel reports Broward County school officials could file their lawsuit as early as July. 

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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