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School Boards Going to Court

November 5th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Floridas School Boards are on their way to court. They want to challenge a law that takes away their power to authorize and regulate charter schools. Passed in 2006 the legislation give the power to the state. Florida School Boards Executive Director Wayne Blanton says the change is wrong.

“First I want to be clear that we support charter schools,” Blanton said. “The issue is not whether we support charter schools or not. Its whether the state board has the power to tell us whether we can or cannot grant charter schools and right now theyre saying that they have that power to go outside school board authority. Were saying they dont have that power. Thats one issue.”

The state has already told eight, mostly small county school boards, that they are not allowed to approve or disapprove charter schools.

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