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Judge upholds two voucher questions on ballot



A state judge ruled Monday that two proposed constitutional amendments dealing with school vouchers are legal and can remain on the Nov. 4 ballot. Circuit Judge Leon Cooper in Leon County ruled that the 25-member Taxation and Budget Reform Commission did not exceed its authority by proposing the two amendments, which would appear as Nos. 7 and 9.   

The teacher union that brought the lawsuit, the Florida Education Association, promised to appeal the decision. It is likely that the Florida Supreme Court will be the ultimate arbiter of this case.

"We are disappointed with the ruling today," FEA President Andy Ford said in a statement. "Today's ruling means the 140,000 members of the Florida Education Association will continue to educate the people of Florida about these misleading amendments."

Read the ruling here .

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:05am]


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