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Families granted full standing in voucher lawsuit



Several families traveled to Tallahassee on Friday in hopes of becoming parties to a high-profile education lawsuit.

They got their wish. Circuit Court Judge George S. Reynolds, III, granted the families full party status to participate in the defense.

The legal challenge -- brought by the Florida Education Association, the Florida School Boards Association, the state PTA and several other groups -- is aimed at the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides private-school scholarships to children from low-income families. The groups say the program conflicts with the state's Constitutional duty to provide a "uniform" system of public schools.

The 15 parents asked to help defend the program. 

"Most of the Proposed Intervenor-Defendants do not have the financial means to send their children to private school, absent the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship," their attorney wrote in court filings. "Accordingly, if the program is eliminated they will be forced to look for alternatives or to send their children to public school -- in many instances the same public schools where their children were struggling or failing before becoming Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients."

Here's more on the lawsuit.

[Last modified: Friday, December 5, 2014 3:12pm]


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