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Deadline set for venue arguments in Florida's third grade retention suit



During Monday's daylong court hearing on Florida's third-grade retention laws, lawyers for the six sued school districts repeatedly complained that the case should have been heard locally and not in Leon County.

As the proceedings progressed, the lawyers filed a complaint in the First District Court of Appeal, asking for a mandate that Judge Karen Gievers rule on their motion to dismiss the case based on their venue challenge.

On Wednesday, the First DCA gave the plaintiffs a day to respond.

"Plaintiffs/Respondents shall have until 3pm on Thursday, August 25, 2016, by which to file a response to the Defendants/Petitioners' Emergency Petition for Writ of Mandamus, putting particular focus on the fact that none of the Plaintiffs/Respondents nor any of the non-state Defendants/Petitioners reside in or have their headquarters within this District," the court stated in its order.

Both sides continued to wait for Gievers' decision on the parents' request to halt their children's required repeat of third grade. Her decision could have long term implications on the state's social promotion rules that undergird Florida's education accountability model.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:18pm]


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