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MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) – A South Florida appeals court has turned down arguments raised by backers of a proposed charter school that was blocked by the Miami-Dade County Commission.

Somerset Academy, Inc. and The University Baptist Church, Inc., sought a zoning exception from the county to build a charter school and an accompanying religious facility, according to Wednesday’s ruling by a three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal.

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The county commission, however, rejected the request, causing the charter-school backers to seek a review in circuit court. But a circuit-court appellate panel denied review, and the 3rd District judges backed that decision Wednesday.

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“Because the circuit court afforded procedural due process and applied the correct law, we deny the petition,” the five-page ruling by Judges Ivan Fernandez, Monica Gordo, and Fleur Lobree said.

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