The Florida District Court of Appeal Aug. 29 affirmed the trial court’s judgment because the school board’s constitutional claims failed on its merits. The school boards challenged H.B. 7069 by contending that the legislature imposed forbidden state ad valorem property taxation by adding the capital millage provisions. Further, the school boards contended that the provisions violated their right to operate, control, and supervise all free public schools. Upon review, the appeals court held that while charter schools may indeed be considered a state priority, their primary purpose was the children’s education, which was unquestionably a local priority. The fact that...