Unhappy School Boards Lose Key Round in Legal Battle over HB7069 as Leon County Circuit Court Judge Denies Motion for Injunction

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. , – Leon County Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper today ruled against a combination of county school boards which have filed to block implementation of HB7069, passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott in the spring of 2017.

Today’s ruling by Judge Cooper denied the school boards’ motion for a temporary injunction and also denied their request to deposit funds with the court instead of paying them to charter schools in the affected Florida counties, as required by HB7069.

The judge’s decision was praised by Robert Haag, president of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), the state’s largest association of public charter schools. Haag said the decision means charter schools in more than a dozen Florida counties should immediately begin to receive their share of annual capital outlay funds.

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools salutes Judge Cooper for preventing an action by these school boards that could harm tens of thousands of students in Florida’s public charter schools,” said Haag. “Charter schools are not even an official party to this case; they shouldn’t be unfairly bullied by the school boards.”

In issuing his ruling to deny the motion for a temporary injunction, Judge Cooper said the school boards had failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success in prosecuting the case. He also said he was not convinced of the lack of other remedies, or that without an injunction, the school boards might suffer irreparable harm. Judge Cooper also noted that today’s ruling should not be seen as an indication of his future rulings.

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.