Miami-Dade joined a growing number of school districts challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s sweeping new education law.
At a School Board meeting on Wednesday, board members voted 8 to 1 to join litigation seeking to overturn portions of a bill some critics say was designed to boost the fortunes of the politically powerful charter school industry. One provision forces school districts to share with charter schools local tax dollars earmarked for school construction and maintenance and others limit the board’s authority over charter schools.
“We’ve got to have the courage to do what is right,” said Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, a member of the board that oversees Florida’s largest public school system. “We’ve got to do the right thing and the right thing would be to have courage to fight for the children who cannot fight for themselves.”