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Florida Teachers Union Says it Will Drop Voucher Lawsuit


Florida's union that represents teachers says it is dropping a lawsuit aimed at blocking an expansion of the state's main private school voucher program.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis in late December tossed the lawsuit. The judge ruled those who filed the lawsuit didn't show how the expansion would harm them.

The Florida Education Association had filed the lawsuit on behalf of the parents of three students and a Lee County teacher. It contended legislators did not follow correct procedures when they approved the expansion.

Union attorneys disagreed with the ruling, but FEA officials said in a statement Thursday that they will not challenge the decision.

FEA Vice President Joanne McCall said the decision to drop the lawsuit came after a series of meetings with Senate President Andy Gardiner.

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