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Thanks for visiting. On a daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Voucher Litigation

    The briefs are (mostly) in:
    Florida's original school voucher law violates two provisions of the state Constitution, opponents told the Florida Supreme Court in a legal brief Monday.

    The 1999 law breaks down the wall separating church and state and undermines the requirement that the state provide for the education of children with a public school system, the brief said.

    The law, which was challenged in court the day after Gov. Jeb Bush signed it six years ago, lets students at failing public schools attend private and parochial schools at taxpayer expense.

    Two trial judges and an appellate court have concluded the law is unconstitutional, but the state has been allowed to apply it during the court challenges. Nearly 700 children attend private schools under its provisions.

    Florida's high court has not yet scheduled oral arguments but requested briefs. The state filed its brief in January. Several groups, ranging from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Florida Catholic Conference, have also filed briefs supporting the state.
    "Brief: Vouchers violate Constitution twice".

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