HB 7069 Legal Challenge

On June 15, 2017, House Bill 7069 (referred to as “HB 7069”) was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. HB 7069 contains various provisions that violate Article IX, §4 of the Florida Constitution which states that: “The school board shall operate, control and supervise all free public schools within the school district.” Nine (9) other school boards have agreed to join efforts and file a lawsuit to challenge the unconstitutional provisions of HB 7069 and have invited other school boards to join as plaintiffs in the proposed lawsuit.  The costs of the litigation will be shared on a pro-rata basis based on student population among all the districts that join the litigation.

Click here to view the School Board letter to the House Speaker and Senate President.


Legal Proceedings
OCPS News Release - OCPS files lawsuit against HB 7069
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (School Board of Orange Co.)
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (School Board of Palm Beach Co.)

House Bill 7069: Education

Bill Text
Bill Tracking

Legal Overview of Potential Challenges to House Bill 7069
PowerPoint Presentation to School Board on August 15, 2017
By Woody Rodriguez, OCPS General Counsel

Editorials Supporting Litigation and Against the Bill