Florida Judge Dismisses Voucher Expansion Lawsuit

Leon County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida judge is dismissing a lawsuit aimed at blocking an expansion of the state’s main private school voucher program.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles Frances ruled Wednesday that those filing the lawsuit have not shown how the program will harm them. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year on behalf of the parents of three Miami-Dade students and a Lee County teacher.

The move doesn’t end the legal battle. There’s still a separate challenge pending to the program that pays to send children from low-income families to private schools.
But this lawsuit was being watched closely because it also jeopardized a new program that expands services to disabled children.

Legislators approved the expansion this year. The lawsuit contended legislators violated a constitutional requirement that bills must cover just one subject.