Florida districts keep up fight against charter school law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eleven school districts in Florida are refusing to give up their legal battle over an education law that steered more money to charter schools.

A Leon County circuit judge in April threw out the lawsuit filed last year against the Florida Legislature.

The districts challenged several parts of the law pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, including a mandate that local school districts share property taxes with charter schools. Charter schools are public schools, but they are usually run by private organizations.

Three school districts dropped out of the legal challenge after the ruling. But court records show that the remaining districts filed an appeal to the 1st District Court of Appeal this past Wednesday.

The law barely passed during the 2017 session and was cobbled together in private negotiations by a handful of legislators.

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