The Latest: Board creates more charters, despite uncertainty


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the education board’s creation of new charter schools (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

Ongoing litigation that threatens to strip the financing for more than 30 of Louisiana’s public charter schools didn’t stop the state education board from authorizing new charters.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved applications Tuesday to create three more charter schools of the type whose funding is in doubt because of the lawsuit.

An appellate court has ruled that money from Louisiana’s public school funding formula can’t pay for the schools granted charters by the state board, rather than local school boards. The impact of that ruling is on hold, while the case winds its way to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Charter school supporters told BESE that the lawsuit shouldn’t stall worthy applications. Opponents said the state education board should have waited for a final court ruling.

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8:30 a.m.

Louisiana’s top school board is poised to create new public charter schools, despite questions about how the state would pay for them. Ongoing litigation has put financing for more than 30 similar schools in doubt.

A committee of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved applications to create more of the schools Monday. The full board was to consider that recommendation Tuesday.

But an appellate court has ruled that money from Louisiana’s public school funding formula can’t pay for the schools granted charters by the state board, rather than local school boards. The impact of that ruling is on hold, while the case winds its way to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Charter school supporters say the lawsuit shouldn’t stall worthy applications. Opponents say the state board should wait for a final court ruling.

 

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