Texas Charter Schools Sue State Over Funding Rules

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Charter Schools Association has filed the sixth major lawsuit over the way the state funds public education.

It argues that charter schools should have access to public money for facilities, and a statewide cap limiting the number of charter schools statewide to 215 is unfair.

The group teamed up with six parents from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin to file a complaint Tuesday in Travis County District Court in Austin.

Charter schools receive state funding for operations. But their ranks are capped at 215.

State rules also prohibit charter schools from seeking taxpayer permission to issue bonds for school construction.

Four previous lawsuits on behalf of hundreds of school districts statewide have been filed in response to school finance legislation passed by the Texas Legislature last summer.

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