The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the most respected names in the nation among groups that fight for justice and civil rights.

They have turned their firepower to fight against the privatization of public schools.

SPLC was instrumental in the court case that ended with the judge striking down a constitutional amendment that hid its true intention–removing the ability of school districts to control the growth of privately managed but publicly funded charter schools.

The Florida League of Women Voters–a steadfast ally of the great majority of students who attend public schools, not charter schools–brought the suit.

There will surely be appeals. The SPLC is a powerful ally. It recognizes that privatization and school choice do not ensure the rights of vulnerable students but are a raid on state treasuries for the benefit of the few.