A lawsuit challenging the country’s largest private school choice program saw a significant setback today, as a Leon County circuit judge ruled the groups behind the case did not have standing to bring the lawsuit.

The statewide teachers union, the Florida PTA, the Florida School Boards Association and other groups filed the lawsuit in August, arguing the tax credit scholarship program unconstitutionally created a “parallel” system of publicly supported schools and violated a state constitutional provision barring state aid for religious institutions.

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