Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools

They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise.

But Pinellas County school officials nevertheless moved ahead Tuesday with their long-discussed plans to join a lawsuit challenging a controversial education bill that, critics say, unfairly favors charter schools.

The School Board voted unanimously to join the suit and contribute $25,000 to the fight, becoming the 12th Florida school district — and the only one in the Tampa Bay area — to do so.

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