State sued over ignoring Constitution's educational provision

11/19/09 Robert Lorei
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State officials are facing a lawsuit filed in Tallahassee accusing them of shortchanging public schools, in violation of a state constitutional provision requiring a "high quality" education for Florida's children.

Several parents and two advocacy groups — Citizens for Strong Schools and Fund Education Now — filed suit Wednesday in state Circuit Court.

Our guest is former Florida House Speaker Jon Mills, who is part of the plaintiffs' legal team.

The suit contends the state isn't spending enough money on public schools, but it asks only that the court order legislative leaders and education officials to come up with a plan to meet the high quality requirement.

Florida's voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1998 which says that educating Florida's children is a "paramount duty" of the state government and that it shall make adequate provision for a school system that is "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality."


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