Florida Amendment 8 clears legal hurdle; teachers union to appeal

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September 13, 2010

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida: Amendment 8 will appear on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot. The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was the latest measure to be challenged in court. On September 10, 2010 Leon County Circuit Court Chief Judge Charles Francis upheld the measure after citing that the measure was neither misleading or ambiguous.[1] In the 10-page opinion Francis said, "When read together, the ballot title and summary clearly and unambiguously advise the voter that the Legislature is still obligated to provide the funding required to meet the class size approved by the voter."[2]

In response to the judge's decision, Florida Education Association attorney Ron Meyer said he planned to appeal the case to the Florida Supreme Court.[3] The Florida Education Association filed the lawsuit in late July as an attempt to block the measure from the ballot. The teachers union argued that the proposed measure was misleading and an under-handed attempt to reduce state funding for education.[4]

The Florida Supreme Court has already rejected three previously certified legislatively-referred constitutional amendments.

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