On Thursday July 12th, the League of Women Voters of Florida filed suit against the state of Florida to remove Amendment 8 (School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools) from the November ballot. Amendments on the ballot require 60% of the vote to pass. This blog post will be continuously updated as news breaks.
President Patricia Brigham had the following to say:
The primary mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
We repeatedly shared our concerns with the constitution revision commission regarding the bundling of multiple proposals. Fortunately, our constitution provides for court review of ballot language to ensure that voters understand the changes they are being asked to make to their constitution.
While all of the bundled proposals have the potential to be confusing, the Amendment 8 language is blatantly, and unconstitutionally, misleading.
Voters will not recognize that the real purpose of the amendment is to allow unaccountable political appointees to control where and when charter schools can be established in their county.
We know that Floridians overwhelmingly support the constitutional requirement to make adequate provision for the education of all children that is ‘uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality.’ We are asking the court to ensure that voters aren’t tricked into eliminating those protections.
– Patricia M. Brigham, President of LWV Florida