Florida school funding lawsuit will go to trial

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's much-beleaguered and criticized education system will soon be going on trial.

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block a lawsuit that accuses the state of shortchanging Florida's public schools.

That means the case will head back to a Leon County court for trial.

Three years ago a group of parents, students and advocacy groups filed a lawsuit contending that the state has not lived up to constitutional requirements for a high quality system of free public schools. The lawsuit took aim at not only funding cuts but low graduation rates and testing requirements.

Jon Mills, one of the lawyers representing the groups, said that Tuesday's ruling means that students and parents will now get to have a conversation about the quality of Florida's schools.

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