Judge denies injunction to stop critical dollars from reaching charter school students
January 12, 2018 – Tallahassee, FL – Today, a Leon County judge denied a request by the Palm Beach School Board to block the distribution of critical capital dollars to public charter schools and the students they serve statewide.
This means that local capital mileage will be released to charter schools on February 1, as scheduled. “I am thrilled by the ruling,” says Linda Terranova, Principal at Western Academy in Palm Beach. “Every child deserves equity under the law, regardless of which public school they attend.”
“The Palm Beach School Board has suffered another defeat in court over the school choice debate,” says Ralph Arza, Director of Governmental Affairs, Florida Charter School Alliance. “We encourage the school board to drop the suit, respect parental choice, and focus on their mission of educating children.”
Today’s hearing was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Palm Beach School Board to stop the implementation of a key aspect of House Bill 7069 that now requires districts to share local mileage dollars with pubic charter schools.
The judge’s decision is wonderful news for the more than 270,000 students who attend public charter schools throughout Florida. House Bill 7069, which the Florida Legislature adopted last Session, was a giant leap towards funding equity for all public school students. Although this policy supports parental demand for education options, it can’t seem to stop critics from attacking school choice.
The Florida Charter School Alliance will continue to monitor all the lawsuits and bills filed to challenge HB7069, and work with various stakeholders to ensure that the voice of the charter school movement and the families they serve is heard.
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About FCSA: Formed in 2010 by a group of educators, community leaders, and philanthropists, the Florida Charter School Alliance is a non-profit member-driven organization whose mission is to improve student achievement, promote parental choice by advocating for and collaborating with high-quality public charter schools across the state. Charter schools in Florida run the gamut of choice educational programs – ranging from urban to rural campuses, from programs specializing in exceptional students or drop-off prevention, to unique classical curriculum, and college-prep programs in high need areas. Yet all our member schools have a common thread – a steadfast commitment to raising the bar on public education and providing a quality education option to the children and communities they serve. More than 271,000 students are currently enrolled (with over 100,000 students on wait lists) in more than 650 public charter schools across Florida.