TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A judge is hearing arguments over a ballot proposal to repeal Florida's ban on public financial aid to churches and other religious organizations.
The proposed state constitutional amendment also would prohibit government agencies from denying funding on the basis of religion.
The Circuit Court hearing is being held Thursday in Tallahassee.
The Florida Education Association as well as some public school leaders and clergy are challenging the proposal. They contend its title -Religious Freedom - and ballot summary are misleading.
The amendment would lift a potential legal obstacle to school vouchers that let students attend parochial and other private schools at taxpayer expense.
The lawsuit also challenges a new law requiring the attorney general to fix defective summaries and titles. Courts previously have removed such amendments from the ballot.
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