University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review

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Free public-school education is fundamental aspect to many citizens life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the United States. As states add constitutional provisions guaranteeing a public education, there are still great disproportionalities in the adequacy pf education provided to underrepresented students. Such are the issues at the heart of the recent Florida Supreme Court case, Citizens for Strong Schools, Inc., et al. v. Florida State Board of Education, et al. Citizens for Strong Schools throws its hat into the contentious debate over equitable educational standards. However, despite other state supreme courts’ rulings that similar provisions in the state constitutions are justiciable, thereby giving the injured parties a way to force legislative change, the Florida Supreme Court refused to get involved, declaring the provision a nonjusticiable political issue that does not allow for judicial intervention to remedy the inequitable policies.