A message from Lynn Norman-Teck & Ralph Arza regarding judge’s ruling in favor of Renaissance Charter School
When the Palm Beach County School Board refused to assign officers to charter schools under a 2018 law that required placing safe-school officers at all public schools, the Renaissance Charter School Board took the matter to court. In his 42 page order, Judge John G. Van Laningham ruled in favor of Renaissance yesterday, March 12, 2019. This ruling has statewide impact for all charter schools.
We want to thank Ed Pozzuoli and his team at Tripp Scott for taking on this critical issue, and standing up for students and teachers. Tripp Scott is truly the top law firm in Florida when it comes to charter school law.
We are also incredible appreciative of the Renaissance Charter School governing board, their chair Ken Haiko, and the Charter Schools USA family for engaging in a legal battle on behalf of all the charter school in Florida. Their actions will help all charter schools in state — especially the small operators who have struggled to comply with the law.
The Judge found that F.S. section 1006.12 clearly and unambiguously requires school boards and superintendents–not charter school operators–to “establish or assign” SSOs, with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies, to every public school within their respective jurisdictions, including charter schools. Further, the Judge found that the Palm Beach School Board’s refusal to assign SSOs to Renaissance’s charter school facilities, as the Board has done for traditional public schools, is a violation of section 1006.12 and constitutes inequitable treatment of the charter schools as public schools.
Read more about the decision here.