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Cassidy slams union lawsuit over charter schools

3 years 1 week 5 days ago Monday, October 06 2014 Oct 6, 2014 October 06, 2014 10:46 AM October 06, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is criticizing a teacher union for filing a lawsuit that could strip money for some charter schools from Louisiana's public school financing formula.

Cassidy is the leading Republican candidate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. He called on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is endorsed by the union, to publicly denounce the lawsuit.

One school whose funding could be threatened by the Louisiana Association of Educators' lawsuit is Louisiana Key Academy, a school for dyslexic students that Cassidy's wife helped to create. Cassidy held a press conference there Monday to highlight the school's work with children who had difficulty learning to read.

The union claims it's illegal to pay for charter schools that were created outside of parish and city school systems through the public school formula.

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