Lawsuit brought by union aims to defund type 2 charter public schools, likely kicking out over 13,000 students from their schools
NEW ORLEANS – Christin White-Kaiser, the parent of a type 2 public charter school student made the following statement today regarding the Louisiana Supreme Court hearing in the case of Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, et al. The lawsuit attempts to defund type 2 public charter schools serving more than 13,000 students. The supreme court heard arguments earlier today
Read more background on the lawsuit HERE.
STATEMENT FROM CHRISTIN WHITE-KAISER, PARENT OF A TYPE 2 PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT:
“With today’s supreme court hearing we are one step closer to affirming the rights of parents to choose the educational option that works for their children. This frivolous lawsuit from the union is about money, not what’s best for students. That was made clear today in the hearing when the union lawyers made no mention of children and insisted it was “our money.” They are wrong.”
The district court, in May of 2015, established that charter schools are public schools and the current funding mechanism established by the state can continue. Despite the district court’s ruling, the union pushed forward with an appeal. In January of this year the appeals court sided with the union, triggering an appeal to the supreme court.
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