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Iberville School Board sues BESE over charter funding

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Posted: Aug 12, 2014 7:00 PM by Alexa Vogue
Updated: Aug 12, 2014 7:00 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Iberville, School District, BESE, charter school, lawsuit, funding

IBERVILLE - The Iberville Parish School District is suing the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than $3 million saying BESE is wrongfully giving district money to a charter school.

The Iberville School Board voted Monday to file suit saying state funding is being inappropriately allocated.

The district usually has $16 million to use during the school year, but this year more than $3 million will go to Iberville Charter Academy.

"The school board is not getting that money because it's going to the charter school," said John Mark Fezio, Iberville's lawyer. "Taxpayers are going to lose that money they're paying. They voted to approve taxes to support their local school system and that money is indirectly going to a charter academy."

BESE says every state-approved, Type 2 charter gets money from taxpayers, and the amount depends on how many students attend the school.

"It's no different than any other Type 2. There's no special circumstance here," said Chas Roemer, BESE President. "Parents have to choose to attend that school and then they get a representation of what their MFP funding will be."

"They're projecting 376 students to attend the Type 2 charter school," Fezio said. "If they follow that formula, it's going to be more than $5 million for the 2014-15 school year."

Many parents are happy to see money going toward a new charter school.

"I have a second grader and kindergartener," said Yolanda Hampton. "And I brought them over here because there's not as many kids in the class and they're going to teach them how to use the computer."

The lawsuit is expected to be filed within a few weeks.

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