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Fla. Voucher Ruling to Undergo Review

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A Florida appeals court has agreed to reconsider its own recent decision declaring Florida’s Opportunity Scholarships school voucher program unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in Tallahassee, ruled 2-1 on Aug. 16 that the 1999 law establishing the program was unconstitutional because it sent state money directly to religious schools.

The court announced Sept. 15 it would grant a motion by state officials to re-examine that ruling before the full 15-member court.

“It’s a very encouraging sign and an unusual step for a court to take,” said Clint Bolick, the president of the Alliance for School Choice, a national advocacy group based in Phoenix that supports Florida’s voucher programs.

Any decision likely would be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court.

Vol. 24, Issue 05, Page 17

Published in Print: September 29, 2004, as Fla. Voucher Ruling to Undergo Review

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