It's not over
The Florida Supreme Court ruling that has school districts in knots over whether they'll ever be able to issue bonds again will have another day before the bench. The justices have scheduled a rehearing on their unanimous decision for Oct. 9, granting 20 minutes to each side to make the case.
Who will present on behalf of the schools' point of view? Not the Hillsborough School Board's lawyer. The court has determined that the Florida School Boards Association well represents all the school districts' position, and that additional comments from Hillsborough or any of the other districts that filed friend of the court briefs (those would be the Duval, Orange, Broward, Lake, Lee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, St. Lucie, Alachua, Brevard, Indian River, Marion and St. John's districts) won't be needed.
What's this all about? The court has said that school districts, as well as other government entities, cannot issue bonds without voter approval. That has upset all sorts of government officials. To read more, click here and here. To see other filings in the case, click here.