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Federal judge sides with teacher’s union, rules pension reform ‘unconstitutional’

By | 03.06.12 | 4:28 pm

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford today ruled against the state of Florida in a lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association (FEA) challenging that state’s move to mandate employee contributions to state employee pensions.

Union groups call senator’s chairmanship loss ‘sad,’ ‘deplorable,’ ‘a shame’

By | 02.02.12 | 8:12 am

The AFL-CIO and the Florida Education Association are calling yesterday’s announcement that Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos removed state Sen. Mike Fasano from a committee chairmanship “a shame,” “sad” and “deplorable.”

Judge tosses ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment from 2012 ballot

By | 12.14.11 | 1:10 pm

Judge Terry Lewis today ruled that a proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution that would repeal a ban on taxpayer funding for religious institutions is deceptive and must be rewritten before it can appear on the state’s 2012 ballot.

Court hearing on ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment today

By | 10.27.11 | 11:14 am

Leon Circuit Judge Terry Lewis will hear a legal challenge to the ballot title and summary of the state’s “Religious Freedom” amendment today.

Florida Education Association, teachers file lawsuit against state education overhaul

By | 09.14.11 | 2:43 pm

The Florida Eduaction Association filed a lawsuit in Tallahassee today, challenging the constitutinality of Senate Bill 736, approved by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott in March.

State Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood (Pic by Meredith Geddings)

Educators, religious leaders sue to stop repeal of religious funding ban

By | 07.20.11 | 10:19 am

An effort by Florida legislators to direct more funds to religious institutions by amending the state constitution has incited a legal battle launched by groups all over the state.

Gov. Rick Scott, signing the budget in The Villages on Thurs., May 26 (Pic via

Teachers union leads lawsuit challenging pension deductions

By | 06.20.11 | 12:03 pm

The Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit this morning challenging mandatory contributions to state employee pensions, in what is likely “the first of several” legal challenges the union will bring against laws passed this year.

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