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Florida Supreme Court Declines to Accept Discretionary Jurisdiction

2019-01-09 08:55:44

On September 8, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order declining to accept discretionary jurisdiction over a constitutional challenge to the Student Success Act, formerly Senate Bill 736.  The Student Success Act is a comprehensive piece of legislation which redefined several aspects of the K-12 education system including compensation, evaluation, layoffs, and teacher contracts.  Most notably, the Act eliminated teacher tenure and required all new hires and those switching school districts to be hired on an annual contract basis.  The Act also required school districts to evaluate their teachers in part based upon student performance on a comprehensive state-wide assessment test.  The Supreme Court’s order follows rulings by the First District Court of Appeal (en banc) and Leon County Circuit Court affirming the constitutionality of the Act.  The Florida Department of Education was represented by Michael Mattimore and Matthew D. Stefany from the law firm of Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.

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