Teachers File Lawsuit
The State Supreme Court ruled religous school vouchers unconstitutional in 2006.
An amendment to provide state funding for kids in failing schools to go to private and religious institutions is slated for the November ballot.
The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission resurrected the issue in the form of two constitutional amendments headed to the November ballot. A Lawyer for the Florida Education Association filed a suit Friday asking the Secretary of State to keep amendment 7 and 9 off the ballot. Attorney Ron Meyer says the amendments are deceptive.
"They're hiding the ball," said Meyer. "They're trying to confuse the public, this is purposeful, because the public won't support school vouchers."
The voucher program is tied to a popular school spending requirement mandating 65 percent of education funds be spent in the classroom. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford says schools are already spending at least 65 percent in the classroom. Ford says if the amendments pass schools would have to compete for students.
"What it could be setting up is a system where the state would assign a dollar amount per student and then disperse check individually to parents and let the go shopping for their own school," said Ford.
The Florida Catholic Coalition wrote the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission in support of the amendments.
The statement says the Catholic Church has a long history of educating people regardless of their faith, and they'd welcome state funding.
If the lawsuit fails the issue will be left up to voters who will have to approve the amendments by 60 percent.
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