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Duval County, 12 other districts file lawsuit against state

Districts say education bill favors charter schools

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thirteen school districts, including Duval County, jointly filed a lawsuit Monday in Leon County against the state regarding a new education law, according to a report from news partner WJCT.

The nearly 300-page law, passed as House Bill 7069, went into effect July 1. The districts are hoping the courts will rule it unconstitutional.

The bill is known for its “Schools of Hope” provision, which speeds up the closures of failing neighborhood schools and financially incentivizes charter schools to open in those areas. The law has many other provisions, like requiring districts to share tax revenue with charters for building and maintenance projects.

Alachua, Bay, Broward, Clay, Duval, Hamilton, Lee, Orange, Pinellas, Polk St. Lucie, Volusia and Wakulla counties are all named as plaintiffs.

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