Florida Immigrant Tuition Ruling Won't Be Appealed

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- The State Board of Education won't appeal a judge's decision striking down rules that required Florida-resident U.S. citizens to pay out-of-state tuition if they depend on parents who are illegal immigrants.
The board, which oversees state colleges, voted Tuesday in Boca Raton to comply with U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore's decision.
The Miami judge held that charging higher out-of-state tuition for those college and university students violates their equal protection rights.
The panel also declined to appeal an administrative law judge's decision against a new teacher evaluation plan because of technical issues. The rule is being redrafted to comply with the decision.
The board agreed as well to let two charter schools in Escambia and Alachua counties stay open even though they received failing grades for two straight years.

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