Today at the Florida Supreme Court: Does the state spend enough on education?

The Florida Supreme Court today will hear arguments in a 9-year-old case over whether the state adequately funds public schools. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Tallahassee. [Associated Press]
The Florida Supreme Court today will hear arguments in a 9-year-old case over whether the state adequately funds public schools. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Tallahassee. [Associated Press]
Published November 8 2018

Nine years after filing suit, a coalition of Florida parents is appearing today before Florida Supreme Court to ask that their case challenging the adequacy of public education funding be allowed to move forward.

Two lower courts have ruled their main complaint — that the Legislature does not follow the state Constitution’s 1998 mandate for providing an efficient, high quality education system — is too subjective for the justice system to consider.

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The goals are political aspirations, the courts said, and as such should be determined by lawmakers.

Lawyers for the parents, however, have contended that they’re simply asking the justice system to interpret the Constitution and ensure it is being enforced correctly.

The plaintiffs argue that the state is shortchanging public schools. If they win, they could change the face of education in Florida.

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Each side will get 20 minutes to present its arguments to the court, which will later decide whether to send the matter back to the lower court for a hearing on its merits.

The proceedings will start at 9 a.m. and will be live-streamed at the court’s video portal.

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