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Christina M. Martin

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Christina Martin is an attorney at PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. She litigates cases around the country to protect individual rights, property rights, and the rule of law.  … ›

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Mark Miller

Senior Attorney

Mark Miller is a PLF Senior Attorney and manages PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. He has appeared on CBS This Morning and Fox Business News; both Fox & Friends and The … ›

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Joshua P. Thompson

Senior Attorney

Joshua Thompson joined Pacific Legal Foundation in August 2007. He primarily litigates cases involving equality under the law, economic liberty, school choice, and coastal land rights. Joshua was raised in … ›

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By Christina M. Martin

A good day for students’ school choice in Florida

Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court rejected a union’s lawsuit challenging Florida’s tax credit scholarship program, and a Florida appellate court rejected a school district’s claim that charter schools violate the state constitution These decisions protect K-12 students across the state

Florida’s tax credit scholarship program allows businesses to get dollar-for-dollar tax credits for donations to organizations that distribute scholarships for children to attend private K-12 schools To be eligible for the scholarships, a child must live in a household that earn up to 26 times the federal poverty level Students may receive scholarships of up to $5,886, which is 82% of the

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By Christina M. Martin

Florida charter school application illegally denied by hostile school board

This week, PLF filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the School Board of Palm Beach County illegally denied an application to start a new charter school Charter schools are privately run public schools that operate under a performance contract (charter) with a public sponsor (usually a school district) Charter schools operate free from many state laws and regulations so that they have more freedom and flexibility to tailor their programs to their students and to focus on providing students with the best education possible Unlike traditional public schools that enroll students based on their home addresses, parents must affirmatively choose to enroll their children in charter schools Charter schools

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