Florida Officials Fail to Provide Quality Education, Suit Claims

NYTIMES.COM | 11/02/09

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing state officials in Florida of failing to ensure that students in Palm Beach County receive a high quality education, as evidenced by their poor graduation rates.

The state court suit, filed in West Palm Beach, names Gov. Charlie Crist, the Board of Education and several political leaders and asserts that they are violating a requirement in the Florida Constitution to provide a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality" education.

"Palm Beach County is clearly not upholding its responsibility to provide a quality education to all of its students when so many of them are not graduating," Chris Hansen, senior staff lawyer with the A.C.L.U., said Thursday in a statement.

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