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Updated: 08/30/2017 08:30:01AM

Polk schools join lawsuit against state

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Billy Townsend

School Board member Hazel Sellers

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Rep. Neil Combee, who was once a Polk County Commissioner, meets with the county governing board Friday.

Denise Grimsley

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BARTOW – The Polk County School District last week joined in a lawsuit with a handful of other school districts to sue the state over House Bill 7069, which they claim erodes local control.

In part of the bill, which became law in June, there is a command for school boards to spend Title I money for charter schools. In the move, for which the board voted 6-0 to join, it has committed $25,000 with other boards that have joined the challenge. School Board Member Tim Harris was absent from the meeting and did not vote. Ten school districts in Florida have now joined the legal challenge.

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