Louisiana’s high court has ruled that the way many of the state’s charter schools are funded is constitutional.
At stake in the case was funding for more than 40 charter schools in a state that has leaned heavily on the charter school idea to turn around failing schools. The central question was whether schools granted charters by the state board, rather than a local school district, were eligible to receive money allocated to local school systems.
The lawsuit argued that it was unconstitutional to fund schools overseen by the state with money intended for local schools, regardless of where the schools themselves are located. That argument was initially rejected by a Louisiana district judge in 2015, before being overturned a year ago by a state appeals court.
A version of this article appeared in the March 21, 2018 edition of Education Week as Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Financing of Charter Schools