Charter schools fight back in court over funding
BATON ROUGE - Charter schools fought back in court Wednesday after a state teachers group sued to challenge a formula that provides money to schools.
The Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) say $60 million going to certain charter schools is illegal.
"The funding of these Type 2 charter schools costs local school districts literally millions of dollars each year, and that has significant impact upon those districts ability to provide educational services to their students," said LAE attorney Brian Blackwell.
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) wants the 19th Judicial District Court to realize the harm that would be brought to the 33 charter schools if the funding mechanism changes.
"It would be extremely devastating. You're not only talking about a lack of funds to support schools' operations, teachers and staff paychecks, but you're talking about dismantling an entire public school," said LAPCS legal director Sarah Vandergriff. "What would happen to those kids if there was no longer a school to go to?"
LAE wants the court to stop the funding of charter schools through the Minimum Foundation Program.
"This is something the legislature has known is a looming problem for the last several years and they chose not to fix it," said Blackwell. "So they have it in their ability to fix it now, and we would call upon them to do that."
Judge Wilson Fields allowed LAPCS to intervene in the case Wednesday. Fields will rule Friday on whether to put a stop to the funding.