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Miami attorney calls Florida Supreme Court ruling against education funding lawsuit a 'dereliction of duty'


By Carrie Bradon | Jan 15, 2019

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A nearly 10-year-old lawsuit questioning the funding for a quality education system in Florida has been thrown out by the Florida Supreme Court.

The high court recently voted against a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Strong Schools that claimed the state had failed in its duty to provide high-quality education to student.

According to a posting by the Tampa Bay Times, the ruling was made on the grounds that the court does not feel that questions of funding are the responsibility of the court and that if they were to take action it would be a violation of the separation of powers.

The decision was supported by Justices Charles Canady, Al Lawson, Jorge Labarga and Associate Justice Edward LaRose, the posting said.

While some law experts and reform-minded individuals praised the decision of the high court, Peter Vujin, a Miami attorney, told the Florida Record he feels the decision was a disservice to the education system in Florida and those who rely on its services. 

"In my professional judgment, the majority of justices abdicated their duty to resolve disputes via 'judicial review.' invoking instead 'political question,' which in my respectful opinion is a euphemism for failure to fulfill their duty as members of the judicial branch," Vujin said.

Vujin said he believes the reasoning used by the justices to make their decision was nothing more than an excuse.

"Further the majority of justices seems to admit they are incompetent, whereas I believe they just used a paltry excuse to justify the obvious dereliction of their duty," Vujin said. "I decisively stand with the dissent, as a jurist with 15 years of legal experience as an attorney, since the decision of the majority appears to be unlawful, as contrary to the Constitution of the U.S. and the State of Florida."

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