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AFP-FL “celebrates” school vouchers ruling

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Americans for Prosperity Florida, the government spending watchdog, says it “celebrates” Tuesday’s appellate court decision on the state’s school vouchers program.

“On a day that many students across our state return back to school, the (court) ruled in favor of 70,000 low-income Florida students and their families, as well as ruling in favor of our state constitution,” said Skylar Zander, the group’s deputy director, in a statement.

The 1st District Court of Appeal sided with a lower court to throw out the lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association and others over the state’s largest private school voucher program.

They had argued that its method of funding private-school educations for more than 90,000 schoolchildren this year is unconstitutional.

“The Florida teachers union has been trying to play political games with these low-income Floridians and take away their right and access to greater education options for years,” Zander added. “This ruling helps tip the scale of justice back in favor of parents and students.”

The ruling, however, did not reach the merits of the case, but struck down the lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds, saying the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to bring the action.

The statement explained that AFP “advocates for school choice policies through its legislative agenda, Five for Florida. AFP believes that parents and students deserve the best educational outcomes regardless of income or geographical limitations.”

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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