Judge: Lawsuit over DC charter school funding can go forward

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge will to hear a case brought by an association of D.C. charter schools that alleges that the city has violated the D.C. School Reform Act by not providing uniform funding to public charter schools and traditional schools.
The Washington Post reports Monday (http://wapo.st/1LsYYHs ) that U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the lawsuit filed last year by the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools and two schools should move forward. Former D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan had asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, arguing that the District can make locally based funding decisions.
Charter and traditional schools are funded primarily through a per-pupil formula, but the plaintiffs allege that more money goes to traditional schools in the form of city services or legal representation.


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