Iberville plans suit challenging charter school funding

Article By: Terry L. Jones | August 18, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

School board members and local education officials across the state have grumbled for years that charter schools divert money from public school systems to independently run institutions that compete with them for the best students with the most engaged parents.

Now many officials in the Baton Rouge area are watching closely as Iberville Parish school officials launch what is believed to be Louisiana’s first legal challenge by a school board against charters, arguing that the state Department of Education’s mandate to funnel roughly $5 million in school funding to Iberville Charter Academy in Plaquemine amounts to a hijacking of dedicated state dollars and local tax revenue that rightfully belong to the parish school system.

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