Teachers’ union challenges state aid for some charter schools

Article By: Will Sentell | September 30, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

A teachers’ union filed a lawsuit Monday that contends the state is improperly spending $60 million per year for certain charter schools.

The legal challenge was filed by the Louisiana Association of Educators, which is one of Louisiana’s two teacher unions.

It was filed in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.

The group claims that two types of charter schools are illegally collecting dollars from the key source of aid for public schools — Louisiana’s $3.6 billion Minimum Foundation Program.

The LAE says neither type qualifies as “parish and city school systems” that the state constitution requires to get MFP funds.

“This lawsuit will make sure that the MFP funds are spent where the people of this state want them to be spent,” LAE President Debbie Meaux told reporters.

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