Fla. school districts lose another round in court over charter school funding

September 3, 2019 | Tampa Bay Times

The dozen Florida school districts that sued the Legislature over a controversial 2017 law establishing and funding a new charter school system have suffered another setback in court.

While acknowledging the districts had a limited right to challenge the law, a three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal found the districts’ legal arguments lacking and upheld a Leon County judge’s ruling against them.

Their decision, released Thursday, paved the way for further blurring of the funding streams for charter and district schools — something “choice” advocates long have supported but the critics have panned as part of the “privatization” of public schooling.

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