Bad News: Florida Court Upholds Law Allowing State to Put Charter


Diane Ravitch's blog

A county court in Florida threw out a challenge to a new state law allowing the state to locate charters over local objections and to draw on local revenues.

Charter industry advocates were elated.

“After a nearly five-hour hearing, Leon County Judge John Cooper wasted little time Wednesday in throwing out several school districts’ challenge of HB 7069, the controversial 2017 education legislation that created a new class of charter schools, among several other measures.

“Cooper found the law constitutional.

“He issued his ruling of summary judgment for the defendants — the Florida Board of Education, Department of Education, and intervening parents and charter schools — from the bench without boiling it down to writing. Lawyers for the two sides will submit suggestions for a written order within a week…

“The Florida Legislature created the Schools of Hope charter school system outside the control of districts. It directed local tax…

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