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Florida Decision Raises Enforcement Concerns About Equitable School Funding

Posted: 1/22/2019 3:39 PM

The January 4th Florida Supreme Court ruling raises enforcement concerns about equitable school funding efforts in the state. The court determined that neither claim was appropriate for determination by the court and that such matters were to be determined by the state legislature. The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is deeply disappointed that the lawsuit filed by Citizens for Strong Schools, a parent advocacy organization, was not allowed to proceed with full consideration and review by the Florida Supreme Court particularly considering that 59% of the current 4th-grade students in Florida are not on grade level in Reading. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Florida maintains a 26% 4th-grade reading performance gap between black and white students as well. There is nothing “uniform” or “high-quality” about these results.

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