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FEA sues to stop class size vote



The Florida Education Association today filed suit in Leon County to stop the Florida Legislature from placing a constitutional amendment referendum on class size onto the November ballot.

"The Florida Legislature devised a classic scheme of 'hiding the ball' from Florida voters by misrepresenting the chief purpose of Amendment 8 - which is to reduce the state's legal obligation to adequately fund public schools," FEA lawyer Ron Meyer said in a news release. "The ballot title and summary 'fly under false colors' by failing to advise voters of the true effect of Amendment 8 and, therefore, Amendment 8 cannot be lawfully submitted to Florida voters."

In the same news release, FEA president Andy Ford observed that the Legislature failed to provide more than $350 million needed to meet the final stage of the 2002 class size amendment. The amendment states that "the legislature shall make adequate provision to ensure that, by the beginning of the 2010 school year, there are a sufficient number of classrooms" to meet the class size mandate. (Emphasis added by us.)

You can read the full complaint on Meyer's firm website. Also see our story on the lawsuit. Then let us know what you think about this effort.

[Last modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 2:19pm]


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