Bay District School Board continues investment in litigation against education house bill

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay District School Board is continuing its investment in litigation against Florida House Bill 7069.

Franklin Harrison, the School Board Attorney, provided an update during Tuesday afternoon's school board meeting.

The board voted to further its involvement in the lawsuit to the tune of $7,500.

Harrison said the challenge with one lawsuit is because the bill is now law, it is difficult to argue against the process of voting for the bill.

However, in a different lawsuit, it is possible for the districts involved in the lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the bill.

School leaders argue the bill takes decision-making power away from local school districts and gives it to the state.

The $7,500 will go toward representation and court costs. According to Harrison, other participating districts, including Orange and Broward, also have to pay additional costs in this litigation.