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Pension, Voucher Lawsuits Head to Court This Week

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Two education-related lawsuits head to court this week.

The Florida Education Association sends a helpful reminder that two lawsuits they filed are heading to Circuit Court in Tallahassee this week.

The first case challenges a new state law which requires state employees take a 3 percent pay cut in order to pay a portion of their pension benefits. The suit argues the law is unconstitutional because public employees, including teachers, have a constitutionally protected right to collective bargaining.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The second suit challenges a ballot question intended to overturn a century-old ban on spending public funds on religious organizations.

The law was a key reason the Florida Supreme Court shut down a state program granting vouchers for private school tuition in 2006.

That case is scheduled for a Thursday afternoon hearing.


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