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AUGUST 5, 2002
2:30 PM
CONTACT:  People for the American Way
Nathan Richter or Matt Jacob, 202-467-4999
Florida Court Strikes Down State's Voucher Law
PFAW Urges State Officials to Refocus Attention on Real Reforms
WASHINGTON - August 5 - State Circuit Court Judge Kevin Davey today ruled that Florida's 1999 voucher law violates the state's constitution. The judge ordered an immediate injunction barring any students from using vouchers to attend private school this year. The decision was hailed by People For the American Way Foundation, which has served as a co-counsel in the legal case. PFAWF, which has offices in both Miami and Tallahassee, released the following statement:

Statement by Elliot Mincberg, vice president and legal director, People For the American Way Foundation:

"We're very pleased that despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Zelman case, the state circuit court in Florida has struck down its 1999 school voucher law under the state constitution. While this ruling is likely to be appealed, we urge state officials to turn their attention to the roughly nine out of 10 Florida children who attend public schools. These elected leaders should work to strengthen public schools, instead of embracing gimmicks that divide communities and divert scarce tax funds. This ruling should serve as a wake-up call and get the state's leaders to refocus on proven reforms that work."


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