Judge rules against education union in charter school suit

A judge has rejected an education union’s claims that Louisiana improperly spent $60 million in its public school financing formula on charter schools authorized by the state education board.

State District Judge Wilson Fields upheld the flow of money to the 33 charter schools, ruling against the Louisiana Association of Educators in its lawsuit.

The lawsuit argued the spending violates the state constitution because those charter schools are created and operated outside of parish and city school systems.

Fields said the constitution provides that the formula pays for public schools and charter schools are public schools.

LAE President Debbie Meaux said her organization plans to appeal the ruling.

Supporters say charter schools offer more educational opportunities to students. Public school leaders say they take needed money away from their schools.

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