Tallahassee, FL – January 17, 2018 – Last week, Judge Shelfer in Leon County Court denied a request by the Palm Beach School Board (School Board of Palm Beach County et al. v. Florida Dept. of Education, et al.) to block the distribution of critical capital dollars to public charter schools across the state. This was a victory for charter schools and the students they serve, but the battle is far from over.
Although we are hopeful that local capital mileage will be released to charter schools on February 1, as outlined in a memo sent out by the Florida Department of Education, another attack was issued earlier this week an an attempt to stop critical funds from reaching charter school students.
Thirteen school district that jointly filed lawsuit against House Bill 7069 filed an emergency request (link below) this week to have capital millage funds put into the court registry until the constitutionality of the capital millage provisions is determined. A hearing to address this request has not been set yet.
The Florida Charter School Alliance team will continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Education and other stakeholders on this critical issue on behalf of our member schools statewide.
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Lynn Norman-Teck, Lynn@flcharteralliance.org