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Broward takes lead in challenging state law that benefits charter schools

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-broward-sues-florida-department-of-education-20170705-story.html
KEY POINTS:
  • “The Broward County School Board voted Wednesday to sue the state over a new law that requires public school districts to share property tax revenue with charter schools and relinquishes their authority to approve charter applications. Broward was the first to take action, but other districts are holding similar meetings within the next two weeks, said legal counsel Barbara Myrick. Miami-Dade, Orange and Pinellas counties are among the others that may collaborate in the case.”
  • “Board member Rosalind Osgood referred to the law as ‘strong-arm robbery.'”
  • “The district would lose at least $100 million in capital funds over the next five years and possibly owe tens of millions more in debt service because bond ratings are likely to get downgraded, staff said.”
  • “Board members said it was time to stand up to a state legislature that has failed to provide adequate support to public schools. 
  • “Superintendent Robert Runcie has long pointed out that funding per student in Florida lags thousands of dollars behind the national average.”
  • “‘What the situation is in Tallahassee isn’t about our children, it isn’t about the voters. It’s about the money,’ said Board member Ann Murray. ‘This is the opportunity for us to start chiseling away at state legislators who don’t put the voter and the children in this state first.'”