Kathy Castor tells Hillsborough School Board she believes HB 7069 runs contrary to federal law

Some of the biggest school districts in Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Volusia and Orange counties, have filed legal challenges to House Bill 7069, the controversial education legislation that critics say will undermine local control of schools and expand the charter school system.

Hillsborough County is not one of them, but it may be more inspired to after receiving a letter from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, whobelieves the law runs afoul of federal law, specifically Title I provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

“I understand that other school districts and educators are considering legal challenges to the troubling provisions of HB 7069 and I hope my insight on certain federal Title I provisions is helpful as you consider the same,” Castor said in her letter penned Thursday to Cindy Stuart, the chair of the Hillsborough County School Board.

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