Louisiana: Court Rules State-Approved Charters are Unconstitutional

Diane Ravitch's blog

A major legal blow was struck against charter schools in Louisiana, as a state court ruled they cannot be funded with money intended for public schools, unless they were authorized by districts. Such schools are not public schools.

“Louisiana’s funding of certain types of charter schools hit a snag following a ruling Monday from a state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal panel that, in a 3-2 decision, ruled unconstitutional the Louisiana Department of Education and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s support such schools with local and state tax dollars.

“Monday’s ruling overturns the May 2015 decision from Baton Rouge state District Judge Wilson Fields, who originally heard the arguments for the lawsuit from Louisiana Association of Educators against BESE and the Department of Education. A separate lawsuit from the Iberville Parish School Board over funding of a Type 2 charter school in that parish was consolidated…

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