Buy Justice for Children
The Second Judicial Circuit Court issued an order that ignores the overwhelming weight of the evidence that the public education system in Florida is failing more than a million students. Even though Florida’s constitution is the strongest educational mandate of all the states, the court incorrectly concluded that the constitution has no judicially manageable standards and that the court is prohibited from ordering relief due to separation of powers. Southern Legal Counsel plans to appeal this decision and continue to seek a high quality education for all children in Florida. Read Final Judgment and Appendix of Facts. Posted May 25, 2016
TRIAL CONCLUDES ON STATEWIDE EDUCATION CASE
In Citizens for Strong Schools, Inc. v. Fla. State Bd. of Educ., originally filed in 2009, Plaintiffs allege that the State is breaching its constitutional duty to provide a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education, as required by Article IX, Section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution. The Court conducted a non-jury trial from March 14 to April 8, 2016. The trial was televised and the archives can be viewed at www.thefloridachannel.org. Plaintiffs introduced evidence from across the state showing that school districts do not have sufficient funding to provide the conditions for a high quality education for all students, with emphasis on children of all races, from low income backgrounds, with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness and English Language Learners. Read a Synopsis of the 273-page Proposed Order filed by Plaintiffs on Apr. 27, 2016. The Court’s order is expected by June 30, 2016. Posted May 12, 2016
In April 2016, SLC settled a suit against the City of Daytona Beach on behalf of a couple who were arrested and trespassed from a city park for providing food to homeless people as part of their ministry. After the City dropped the charges, it denied the couple a permit to continue their ministry in public parks. The federal suit alleged that the ordinances on food sharing violate the First (freedom of religion) and Fourteenth (due process) Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. In the settlement agreement, the City agreed to change its policies and procedures to permit our clients to share food, rescind the trespass notices that were improperly issued in the City Parks and to issue directives to its police officers that no City trespass warnings can be issued in City parks at this time. SLC co-counseled with the Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida. Here is a link to news coverage: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20160323/news/160329776. Posted May 5, 2016.
SLC TO COHOST EVENT "ROSEWOOD: THE ROAD TO REPARATIONS"
SLC filed Parrales v. Dudek, a federal court action with Disability Rights Florida and Nancy Wright, who is lead counsel. On December 24, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Hinkle denied the State of Florida’s motion to dismiss. This order allows plaintiffs to go forward in the case and proceed to a trial set to begin in September 2016.
Specifically, the Court ruled that plaintiffs have alleged sufficient injury to have standing to sue AHCA. And that plaintiffs have stated a claim under the ADA that, due to AHCA’s ineffective implementation and oversight of the LTC Waiver Program, plaintiffs would have to enter a nursing home in order to receive the Medicaid benefits to which they are entitled. Read the Order here. Posted December 2015.
SLC'S NEW WEB DESIGN WAS GENEROUSLY DONATED BY TONY PECORA AT NORTHC CONSULTING. THANK YOU TONY!