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Challenge of Florida's third-grade retention law heads back to court

Parents of these Hernando County students have challenged Florida's testing requirement for third grade promotion.

Times file photo (2016)

Parents of these Hernando County students have challenged Florida's testing requirement for third grade promotion.

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Parents of the Florida students who challenged the state's third-grade retention law in court celebrated victory when Leon County Judge Karen Gievers ruled in their favor in late August.

Their cheer was short-lived, though, as the defendant school districts -- including Hernando and Pasco -- and state Department of Education appealed the injunction decision, and their children didn't gain access to the fourth grade as hoped. Then the matter faded from the limelight.

Next week the issue makes a return appearance, as lawyers head to the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee to make a new round of oral arguments in the case.

On Tuesday, each side will get 30 minutes to present their positions, which the court will consider along with briefs presented. See the argument on behalf of the parents, and the one for the government, for added information. The hearing is scheduled to be streamed on the court's website.

No decision is expected immediately, with the ruling to come in writing at a later date. Even that action won't mark the end of the case, which still has yet to be heard in full. Meanwhile, the group fighting the law is looking for more financial support.

It posted a new appeal to back its Gofundme.com account on Friday. So far, they have raised close to $25,000, but noted that added costs of serving subpoenas and other items are mounting. 

[Last modified: Friday, February 3, 2017 4:06pm]

    

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