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Teachers file suit to pull amendments from ballot

The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission exceeded its authority and put on the ballot two deceptive amendments that will undermine public education in Florida under the guise of reauthorizing vouchers, a lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association argues.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Leon County Circuit Court, asks the court to throw out Amendments 7 and 9, placed on the ballot by the TBRC. It says the panel not only exceeded its role by pursuing the amendments but it violated the basic core values of contitutionally protected religious freedom by stripping language from the Constitution that bans state money going to relgiious groups.

Also joining in the lawsuit are the Florida associations for school boards and school superintendents, the People for the American Way and the American Civil Liberties Union.