A CASE FOR HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION
These are not statistics that Florida should be proud of:
THIS IS NOT THE HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION THAT FLORIDA’S VOTERS DESIRE.
In 1998, 72% of voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution mandating that the State has a paramount duty to provide a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality" public education system.
OUR 2.6 MILLION STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER.
Southern Legal Counsel is taking the case for a quality education for our children to Tallahassee. Florida’s citizens told state officials they demand better education, and now they want to hold them to it. In 2009, two citizen organizations and six low income and minority public school students, parents and a grandmother filed a suit seeking a declaration that Florida is not meeting its constitutional mandate. The goal of this litigation is to improve education with positive policy changes and increased funding. Trial begins March 14, 2016.
The suit is called Citizens for Strong Schools, et al. v. State Bd. of Educ., Case No. 2009-CA-4534 (2d Jud. Cir., J. Fulford). The appellate decision is Haridopolos v. Citizens for Strong Schools, et al., 78 So. 2d 605 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011), cert. denied, Case No. SC12-216 (Fla. S. Ct., Sept. 11, 2012). You may be interested in reading the Second Amended Complaint and the First District Court of Appeals opinion.
TIMELINE OF CASE
HELP SLC MAKE THE CASE FOR A QUALITY EDUCATION.
SLC’s Education Protection Fund will help pay the costs of proving that Florida’s educational system is not high quality. To support this legal challenge, please donate by check payable to SLC Education Protection Fund and send to 1229 NW 12th Avenue, Gainseville, FL 32601. Credit card payments are accepted at the donate link below. All Education Protection Funds will be separately accounted for and go directly to this legal challenge. Southern Legal Counsel, Inc. is a charitable organization under IRS §501(c)(3) as a not-for-profit public interest law firm.
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