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CONSTITUTIONAL LAW--EDUCATION--EFFICIENT, HIGH-QUALITY, AND UNIFORM PUBLIC EDUCATION. The Court was asked to determine "whether in this case we have been presented with a manageable standard for assessing--in the context of a blanket challenge to the constitutionality of the K-12 education system--whether the State has made adequate provision' for an efficient' and high quality' system of education that allows students to obtain a high quality education' under article IX, section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution." The Court agreed with the trial court and District Court of Appeal that the petitioners' blanket challenge did not survive the reasoning in the Court's prior opinion in Coalition for Adequacy & Fairness in School Funding, Inc. v. Chiles, 680 So. 2d 400 (Fla. 1996). The Court did not address what appeared to be the district court's conclusion that an article IX challenge could never be justiciable, finding instead that the case turned "in part on Petitioners' failure to present the courts with any roadmap by which to avoid intruding into the powers of the other branches of government." The Court also noted that petitioners' failure to establish a causal relationship between alleged low student performance and the lack of resources provided an independent basis for rejection of the petitioners' claims.
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COSTS--PREVAILING PARTY. Rule 4-3.4(b) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar permits a party to pay a fact witness for the witness's assistance with case and discovery preparation that is directly related to the witness's preparation for, attendance, or testifying at proceedings.
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