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More school voucher litigation is in the works


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 05:57 PM

A news release sent Wednesday by the state’s teachers union says it is planning another lawsuit related to Florida’s school voucher program.

The Florida Education Association will hold a press conference 10:30 a.m. Thursday at its Tallahassee HQ to discuss the case. A spokesman didn’t elaborate.

The organization already is suing over a bill (SB 850) passed this year that expands the program.

That suit says lawmakers “logrolled” too many education issues into a single bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session.

The Tax Credit Scholarship Program provides tax breaks to companies donating money to nonprofit entities that pay for children to go to private schools.

The legislation expanding the program was seen as a victory for Step Up for Students, the Tampa-based organization that administered nearly 60,000 scholarships to low-income students last school year.

That group, by the way, plans its own press conference at the Florida Press Center at 11:30 a.m.

UPDATE: A Step Up spokesman emails that his group isn’t holding the 11:30 presser; it’s FL Voice for Choices.

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