Florida's Teacher Union Appeals Ruling in Voucher Lawsuit

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Jun 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-15 15:33:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's teacher union is appealing a ruling in the lawsuit challenging the state's largest private school voucher program.

The Florida Education Association and a coalition of other groups and people announced Monday they would appeal the May ruling by Circuit Judge George Reynolds.

Reynolds ruled the groups filing the lawsuit did not have a legal right or "standing" to challenge the program. The program was created with the strong backing of former Gov. Jeb Bush.

The legal battle has been closely watched as supporters have mounted an advertising and public relations campaign that called for the lawsuit to be dropped because of its potential impacts to families using the vouchers.

Nearly 70,000 children attend private schools through the tax credit scholarship program. The program currently serves low-income families but the program will expand to middle-income families starting in 2016.