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FEA asks Florida Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction in scholarship case



As expected, the Florida Education Association is asking the state Supreme Court to find it has standing to challenge the constitutionality of a corporate tax credit scholarship program that supports thousands of low-income children to attend private schools.

In its initial brief, the group argues that the scholarship program represents an end-run around the constitutional problems the Court found in a past case on school vouchers.

"This Court should accept jurisdiction and review the DCA's decision because the decision not only undermines the law of taxpayer standing, but it effectively holds the Scholarship Program - and any other government program similarly funded by a targeted tax credit rather than direct appropriations - to be immune from challenge under Article I, § 3 and Article IX, § 1 of the Florida Constitution," the FEA's lawyers write.

Read the full brief for the teacher union's full arguments.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:35pm]


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