Several families from New York state have filed a lawsuit in state court claiming the funding gap between charter schools and regular district schools is unconstitutional.
Five families from Buffalo and Rochester filed the suit, which says that charter school students get as little as three-fifths of the per-pupil funding that their district counterparts receive, disproportionately affecting children of color and those from lower-income families. Charter schools in the state serve a larger proportion of black and Hispanic students than district schools, according to the lawsuit.
The Northeast Charter Schools Network helped file the suit.
A version of this article appeared in the September 24, 2014 edition of Education Week as N.Y. Families Sue State Over Charter Funding