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Joanne McCall, et al., vs. Rick Scott, as Governor, et al., - Challenge to the Private School Voucher Program

Tom Faasse, et al., vs. Rick Scott, as Governor, et al., - Challenge to Senate Bill 850, Improper Logrolling

Jessica A. Elliott vs. Ken Detzner, as Florida Secretary of State, and George Sheldon, Individually

Kim Cook, et al. vs. Pam Stewart, Florida Commissioner of Education, et al. - Federal Challenge to Senate Bill 736

The Florida Times-Union (Morris Publishing Group, LLC) vs. Florida Department of Education

Brandt Robinson, et al. vs. Pam Stewart, et al. - Challenge to Senate Bill 736

 

JOANNE McCALL, et al., vs. RICK SCOTT, AS GOVERNOR
AND HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, et al.,

Constitutional Challenge to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (Vouchers for Private Schools)

2014 August 28 Complaint (944 kb)
2014 October 14 Profete, et al., Motion to Intervene (1.5 Mb)
2014 October 16 Notice of Hearing on Motion to Intervene (70 kb)
Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:30 AM
Leon County Courthouse, Chambers, Room 301-D
2014 October 24 Plaintiffs' Response to Motion to Intervene (33 kb)
2014 October 31 Defendants' Motion to Dismiss and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (500 kb)
26 November 2014 Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (78 kb)
1 December 2014 Notice of Hearing on Motion to Dismiss (52 kb)
Monday, February 9, 2015, 1:15 PM
Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 3E
10 December 2014 Order Granting Motion to Intervene With Full Party Status (524 kb)
 


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TOM FAASSE, et al., vs. RICK SCOTT,
AS GOVERNOR AND HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, et al.

Constitutional Challenge to the Manner in Which Senate Bill 850 Was Enacted
(Improper "Logrolling")

2014 July 16 Complaint for Declaratory Judgment (4 Mb)
2014 August 18 Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment and Incorporated Memorandum (3 Mb)
2014 August 26 Notice of Hearing on Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment (12 kb)
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Also Scheduled
Judge Charles A. Francis
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
2014 August 27 State Defendants' Motion to Dismiss and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (210 kb)
2014 September 19 Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (5 Mb)
2014 September 19 Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment (264 kb)
2014 September 19 Intervenors' Response to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment (1.4 Mb)
2014 October 7 Order Granting Motion to Dismiss (194 kb)
2014 October 21 Amended Complaint (27 kb)
2014 November 5 Intervenors' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (108 kb)
2014 November 5 Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (225 kb)
2014 November 20 Order to Show Cause - Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (243 kb)
2014 November 20 Order to Show Cause - Intervenors' Motion to Dismiss (242 kb)

 


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JESSICA A. ELLIOTT vs. KEN DETZNER, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS FLORIDA SECRETARY OF STATE, AND GEORGE SHELDON, INDIVIDUALLY
Challenge to George Sheldon's Qualification to be Florida Attorney General

2014 August 7 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (776 kb)
2014 August 11 Notice of Priority Status (12 kb)
2014 August 12 Defendant Sheldon's Answer and Affirmative Defenses (711 kb)
2014 August 12 Defendant Sheldon's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, or, in the Alternative, to Conduct Immediate Final Hearing (31 kb)
2014 August 12 Notice of Hearing on Sheldon's Motion (12 kb)
Judge James Hankinson, Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 3G
Friday, August 15, 2014, 1:30 to 3:30 PM
2014 August 14 Plaintiff's Motion to Continue Expedited Hearing (65 kb)
2014 August 14 Defendant Sheldon's Memorandum in Opposition to Motion to Continue (16 kb)
2014 August 14 Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion to Continue Expedited Hearing (217 kb)
2014 August 14 Wohlsifer's Motion to Appear as Interested Party (389 kb)
2014 August 14 Defendant Sheldon's Opposition to Wohlsifer's Motion to Appear as Interested Party
(17 kb)
2014 August 15 Order Denying Wohlsifer's Motion to Appear as Interested Party (2 Mb)
2014 August 15 Plaintiff's Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
(29 kb)
2014 August 15 Plaintiff's Motion to Disqualify Judge (232 kb)
2014 August 15 Defendant Sheldon's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Disqualification (43 kb)
2014 August 15 Order Disqualifying Judge Hankinson (63 kb)
2014 August 19 Final Judgment Declaring George Sheldon Qualified to be Attorney General (136 kb)


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 KIM COOK, et al. vs. PAM STEWART,
FLORIDA COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, et al.

Federal Constitutional Challenge to Senate Bill 736 (Denial of Substantive Due Process and Equal Protection)

In the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division

2013 April 16 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief  (10.5 Mb)
2013 May 17 Defendants' Motion for Stay (1.46 Mb)
2013 May 23 Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Motion to Stay Case (126 kb)
2012 May 24 Order Denying Motion to Stay (25 kb)
2013 June 25 Scheduling Order (39 kb)
2013 July 8 State Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (276 kb)
2013 July 8 Defendant Hernando County School Board's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint
(291 kb)
2013 July 10 Defendant Escambia County School Board’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Complaint
(60 kb)
2013 July 12 Defendant Alachua County School Board’s Answer and Affirmative Defenses (41 kb)
2013 September 30 Order on Motions to Dismiss and for More Definite Statement (140 kb)
2013 October 21 First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (1.0 Mb)
2013 October 25 Amended Scheduling and Mediation Order (39 kb) Setting Trial for Monday, April 14, 2014
2014 January 17 State Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (682 kb)
2014 January 24 Plantiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (763 kb)
2014 February 7 Plaintiffs' Opposition to State Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (286 kb)
2014 February 7 Plaintiffs' Request for Oral Argument on Motion for Summary Judgment (27 kb)
2014 February 10 Oral Argument on Motions for Summary Judgment
District Court of the United States, Northern District, Gainesville, FL
April 1, 2014, 9:30 AM
2014 February 14 State Defendants’ Motion to Exclude the Expert Witness Testimony of Edward H. Haertel and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (415kb)
2014 February 14 State Defendants’ Response in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment
(530 kb)
2014 February 18 Order Granting State Defendants' Motion for a Continuance of Trial (26 kb)
Court Shall Set Pretrial and Bench Trial at Hearing on April 1, 2014
District Court of the United States, Northern District, Gainesville, FL
2014 February 21 Plaintiffs' Reply to State Defendants' Opposition to Plantiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment (132 kb)
2014 March 24 Rescheduled
Oral Argument on Motions for Summary Judgment and Defendants' Motion to Dismiss
District Court of the United States, Northern District, Gainesville, FL
April 9, 2014, 9:30 AM
2014 April 22 Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part State Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (71 kb)
2014 May 6 Order on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment (95 kb)
2014 May 6 Judgment (28 kb)
2014 June 4 Plaintiffs' Notice of Appeal (32 kb)
2014 September 5 Brief of Plaintiffs - Appellants (149 kb)
2014 September 12 Amicus Brief of Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of School Administrators in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellants (156 kb)
2014 September 12 Amicus Brief of Education Law and Educational Measurement Professors in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellants (1.6 Mb)
2014 October 3 Defendant-Appellee Alachua School Board Answer Brief (2.1 Mb)
2014 November 20 Brief of State Defendants - Appellees (806 kb)


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THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION (MORRIS PUBLISHING GROUP, LLC.) vs.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

  Petition Seeking Release of Statewide VAM (Value Added Model) Evaluation Raw Scores

2013 February 5 Emergency Petition for Writ of Mandamus or Complaint for Declaratory Relief (1.07 mb)
2013 February 8 Order to Show Cause (31 kb)
Scheduling hearing on February 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Leon County Courthouse, Room 365-B
2013 February 11 Motion of the Florida Education Association (FEA) to Intervene as a Defendant (131 kb)
2013 February 13 Petitioner Florida Times-Union's (FTU) Opposition to FEA's Motion to Intervene (95 kb)
2013 February 14 Order Granting FEA Motion to Intervene (407 kb)
2013 February 18 DOE’s Response to Order to Show Cause (2.9 Mb)
2013 February 18 FEA’s Response to Order to Show Cause (1.1 Mb)
2013 March 12 Final Order Applying Public Records Exemption to VAM Data (225 kb)
2013 March 22 FTU's Emergency Petition for Writ of Certiorari (308 kb)
2013 March 28 Order Treating FTU's Petition as an Appeal (38 kb)
2013 April 9 DOE's Motion to Stay Appeal (3.4 Mb)
2013 April 10 FTU's Response in Opposition to Motion to Stay Proceedings (701 kb)
2013 April 15 Order Denying DOE's Motion to Stay Appeal and Granting Extension of Time (37 kb)
2013 May 15 Answer Brief of Appellee Florida Department of Education (343 kb)
2013 May 15 Answer Brief of the Florida Education Association (854 kb)
2013 May 22 Reply Brief of Appellant-Petitioner FTU (744 kb)
2013 June 11 Notice of Oral Argument (45 kb)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 9:00 AM, First District Court of Appeal, Courtroom Two
2013 November 12 First DCA Opinion Reversing Trial Court and Finding VAM Data is Public Record (92 kb)
2013 November 22 Appellant/Petitioner FTU's Motion for Clarification, Reconsideration or Rehearing (262 kb)
2013 November 25 Appellee FDOE's Response to FTU's Motion for Clarification, Reconsideration or Rehearing (130 kb)
2013 November 27 Appellee FDOE's Motion for Rehearing or Rehearing en Banc (145 kb)
2013 November 27 Appellee FEA's Motion for Rehearing or Rehearing en Banc (370 kb)
2013 December 16 Appellant FTU's Opposition to Appellees' Motions for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc (52 kb)
2014 January 17 Order Denying Appellant FTU's Motion for Clarification, Reconsideration or Rehearing (114 kb)
2014 January 17 Order Denying Appellees' Motion for Rehearing or Rehearing en Banc (79 kb)
2014 January 24 Appellant/Petitioner FTU's Motion for Rehearing or Reconsideration of January 17, 2014 Order Addressing Attorney Fees (112 kb)
2014 February 3 Appellee FDOE's Response to Appellant FTU's Second Motion for Rehearing or Reconsideration (99 kb)

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BRANDT ROBINSON, et al. vs. PAM STEWART,
AS FLORIDA COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, et al.

Constitutional Challenge to Senate Bill 736 (Abridgement and Denial of Collective Bargaining Rights)

2011 September 14 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (705 kb)
2011 November 1 Answer (50 kb)
2012 May 16 Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint (Amended Complaint Attached)   (823 kb)
2012 May 18 Order (Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint) (36 kb)
2012 June 7 Answer to Amended Complaint (42 kb)
2012 August 20 Stipulated Scheduling Order (273 kb) - Sets Hearing on Motion for Summary Judgment for Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 2:00 PM, Leon County Courthouse
2012 October 26 Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel (194 kb)
2012 November 9 Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (3.2 Mb)
2012 December 13 Defendants’ Motion for Leave to File Amended Answer (295 kb)
2012 December 13 Defendants’ Motion for Leave to File Amended Response to Request for Admissions
(477 kb)
2012 December 14 Defendant’s Response to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment (2.7 Mb)
2012 December 14 Defendant’s Statement of Facts (473 kb)
2012 December 14 Defendant’s Notice of Filing Appendix and Exhibits (176 kb)
2012 December 19 Defendants’ Notice of Hearing (80 kb)
Hearing Set for January 15, 2012, 10:15 AM, Leon County Courthouse
2013 January 9 Plaintiffs’ Combined Opposition to Defendant’ Motion for Leave to File Amended Answer and Affirmative Defenses (1.3 Mb)
2013 January 9 Plaintiffs’ Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment (524 kb)
2013 January 9 Plaintiffs’ Statement of Undisputed Material Facts and Response to Defendants’ Purported Material Facts at Issue (197 kb)
2013 February 4 Notice of Hearing for Status Conference (45 kb)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 2:00 PM, Leon County Courthouse, Room 365-B
2013 March 6 Plaintiffs' Supplemental Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment(205 kb)
2013 March 20 Defendants’ Response to Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Memorandum of Law (365 kb)
2013 May 2 Order Dismissing Plaintiffs' Claims and Granting Judgment in Favor of Defendants (577 kb)
2013 May 13 Plaintiffs' Motion for Rehearing (213 kb)
2013 May 23 Defendants' Response to Plaintiffs' Motion for Rehearing (314 kb)
2013 May 29 Notice of Hearing on Motion for Rehearing (42 kb)
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 11:00 AM, Leon County Courthouse, Room 365-B
2013 June 27 Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Rehearing and Denying Defendants' Motion for Sanctions Against Plaintiffs (41 kb)
2013 July 26 Plaintiffs' Notice of Appeal (476 kb)
2013 October 31 Initial Brief of Appellants (127 kb)
2013 December 6 Answer Brief of Appellees (Stewart and FDOE) (1.2 Mb)
2014 January 3 Reply Brief of Appellants (43 kb)
2014 February 11 Appellees' Unopposed Motion for Continuance (103 kb)
2014 February 14 Order Granting Appellees' Request for Continuance and Rescheduling Oral Argument
(24 kb)
Oral Argument Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:00 AM
First District Court of Appeal, Courtroom One
 

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