Polk schools will join lawsuit against state over HB 7069

The Polk County School District will join school districts across Florida in a legal challenge to House Bill 7069, a controversial education-conforming law that critics say will undermine local control and expand the charter school system.

The Polk School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to spend up to $25,000 to start work on the lawsuit, joining school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Volusia and other counties.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law in mid-June, opening the door to a legal attack.

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