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Voucher questions in dispute



 November 4 is fast approaching, and there are some groups who don't want you to vote on two voucher-related items that are headed for the ballot.

Today, a state judge is scheduled to hear their arguments over whether the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission (web site disabled) overstepped its role in placing the amendments before voters, the AP reports.

Amendment 7 would eliminate a constitutional provision that bars state funds from supporting religious activities. Critics contend it's a way to funnel voucher money to religious schools.

Amendment 9 would let lawmakers recreate the voucher program that former governor Jeb Bush established but the State Supreme Court found unconstitutional. It also would let lawmakers require school districts to spend 65 percent of all operational funds in the classroom. That added language has proven controversial,  as the Orlando Sentinel reports.

No decisions are expected immediately. We'll let you know when a ruling comes.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:52am]


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