School Legislation Challenged

The Florida School Boards Association says the state's new law, stripping local school districts of the authority to regulate Charter Schools, is unconstitutional.

The legislature created a new Florida Schools of Excellence Commission to oversee the specialty schools.

However, Wayne Blanton of the School Boards Association says school board officials fear taking away local control could open the door to big problems. "Well, there's a lot of concern about accountability. I'm not sure how someone in Tallahassee or a board in Tallahassee can look at 67 school districts and know all schools in each district. The closer you are and the better local control you have the better accountability you're going to have," he says.

The School Boards Association is suing over the new law. Supporters of the law say it was passed to provide more choices for parents.


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