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AG Bondi to appeal ruling on school funding lawsuit



From the Associated Press:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Attorney General Pam Bondi is appealing an appellate court's decision in a school funding lawsuit to the Florida Supreme Court.

Bondi noted in papers filed Monday that the 1st District Court of Appeal has certified the matter to the justices as a question of "great public importance."

The appellate court last year turned down a request from state officials to prevent the case from going to trial.

The suit alleges state public school funding and policies fail to meet constitutional requirements to provide children with a high quality education.

It was a rare and divided ruling by the full appellate court rather than just a three-judge panel.

The judges split 8-7.

The suit was filed on behalf of two advocacy groups and parents and students in Duval and Pasco counties. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 3:51pm]


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