State wants high-quality-schools suit thrown out
From the Orlando Sentinel: Can Florida's courts judge whether the state's public schools are high quality and adequately funded? Lawyers for the state of Florida argued before an appellate court today that they cannot. But plaintiffs in a sweeping lawsuit filed in 2009 asked a court to do just that, accusing the state of failing to meet its constitutional obligations for "high quality" public schools.
The lawsuit, whose plaintiffs include three Orlando mothers, asked a court to rule the state in violation of the Florida Constitution and to order a "remedial" plan to deal with school budget cuts, a faulty school-accountability system and low test scores and graduation rates, among other alleged problems But at this morning's court hearing, the state argued the lawsuit amounts to a political argument about education policy that courts cannot decide without infringing on the rights of the Florida Legislature, which makes school law and sets school funding. Solicitor General Scott Makar asked the First District Court of Appeal to toss out the lawsuit.