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School Districts Ponder Whether To Sue Over HB 7069

Aug 2, 2017

Florida's school districts are figuring out how to respond to a new state law that covers quite a lot, and may have a major impact.

On Tuesday, in what the Sarasota Herald-Tribune calls a "sharply-divided unanimous vote," Sarasota County's School Board voted not join a possible lawsuit.

Jeffrey Solochek, who reports on education for the Tampa Bay Times, said at the end of the day, what's called HB 7069 is a very contentious piece of legislation that covers a lot of subjects, from recess to funding and local control.  

“It did everything from allowing school districts to allow students to put on sunscreen without a prescription from a doctor, to forcing school districts to share capital outlay tax revenue funds with charter schools, which is one of the biggest things that a lot of the school districts are concerned about,” Solochek said.

School districts in Hillsborough, Polk, Pinellas and Manatee counties are still considering whether to join in the suit against the law, which Miami-Dade's district leader calls an "existential threat." Broward School officials say they will sue.