BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, a five-judge panel from the Louisiana Court of Appeal First Circuit heard a second round of oral arguments in the case of Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, et al. The teachers union and school district are appealing the lower court’s decision to keep open Type 2 charter schools serving 13,000 Louisiana children.
STATEMENT FROM CHRISTIN WHITE-KAISER, LOUISIANA PARENT OF A TYPE 2 CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT:
“This self-serving lawsuit from the teachers union threatens to take away my child’s public education. The union doesn’t want parents choosing or having any say in how our own children are educated, but parents know best and need to be trusted. We hope the court will listen to the parents and students who stand to be directly affected by this lawsuit and affirm the lower court’s decision to continue funding these public schools.”
In May of 2015 a District Court judge ruled in favor of Louisiana parents and students with a clear message: charter schools are public schools and the current funding mechanism established by the state can continue. In spite of the judge’s decision, which allows over 13,000 Louisiana children access to the school that works best for them, the teachers union and Iberville Parish School Board have pushed forward with an appeal in their continued fight to diminish options in public education in the state.
If the plaintiffs are successful in their suit, public funding would be discontinued to Type 2 charter schools in the state, which could cause those schools to close. Type 2 charter schools currently serve over 13,000 students in the Louisiana. Many of these students would be left without other public school options and sent back to a local school that has already failed to meet their learning needs.
PublicSchoolOptions.org is a national alliance of over 60,000 parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children. The Coalition supports the creation of public school options, including charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, open enrollment policies and other innovative education programs. Additionally, we advocate for equal access without restrictions to the school that best suits the individual student’s learning needs.