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Lawsuit challenging Florida's tax credit scholarship program continues

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June

The Florida Education Association, League of Women Voters and assorted other plaintiffs will continue to challenge the state's tax credit scholarship program in court, despite the recent withdrawal of the Florida School Boards Association from the case.

A judge moved to toss the case last month, saying the program was not funded by the state's general operations budget and therefore the plaintiffs had no standing to challenge it.

"We find it alarming that parents, teachers and individuals are not being allowed by the courts to challenge the constitutionality of the tax credit vouchers, particularly since the courts ruled a previous voucher scheme unconstitutional," FEA vice president Joanne McCall said in a release. "If parents and teachers don't have the right to challenge this lawsuit, who does?"

The group filed its appeal on Monday.

Parents supporting the 13-year-old program, which helps low-income children afford to attend private schools, continued to fight the challenge.

"While we are disappointed the plaintiffs appealed the ruling, we will defend the interests of these children all the way to the Florida Supreme Court if we need to," their lawyer, Howard Coker, said in a release.

 

[Last modified: Monday, June 15, 2015 3:44pm]

    

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