Charter Schools Proponents Win First Round In Court Battle

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi charter school advocates have won the first round of what is expected to be a long legal battle. Yesterday, Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled that diversions of local property taxes to charter schools are acceptable and that the schools do not need to be overseen by a local or state superintendent. The ruling came after a group of plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, issued a constitutional challenge to the statute. Thomas’ ruling said the state constitution doesn’t forbid local property taxes from following a student to a charter school, agreeing with the law’s defenders that such transfers already happen in some cases. A Clarksdale group late last year won approval for a charter school in Coahoma County which will be the first in the state outside Jackson.

 


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