Charter Schools Lawsuit
The attorney for the group behind a lawsuit against public charter schools in the state says they are not trying to close charters, but they are trying to have the school’s funding formula declared unconstitutional.
Charter schools receive taxpayer money, but unlike most public schools they are not run by a local board and don’t answer to the state board of education. They are instead overseen by a state level charter school authorizer board, to which state Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright is a member.
The lawsuit filed last week argues that charters violate the state constitution by making schools districts share property tax collections with schools they don’t supervise or control.
The group suing is not suggesting a new funding formula, but wants lawmakers to come up with one if their suit succeeds.