Dual Lawsuits Dismissed in Favor of Charter Schools
April 03, 2017
March 31, 2017
Lawsuits Dismissed in Favor of Charter Schools
On March 29, 2017, two separate legal actions by the Abington and Cheltenham Schools Districts were voluntarily dismissed by the school districts. The primary issue in both suits was whether a school district has the right to contest the operations and compliance of a charter school which draws students from the district but is not the authorizer of the charter school.
“PCPCS filed an amicus curiae, and was granted the rare opportunity to participate in oral arguments in these cases, to defend the rights of every charter school in the state, and we will continue to do so.” said Ana Meyers, Executive Director of PCPCS. “It is unfortunate that so many taxpayer dollars were diverted from educating children to lawsuits. But we will continue to stand up to any district that attempts to kill high-quality educational options for the children of Pennsylvania.”
The dismissal of these cases is the latest in a series of more than half-a-dozen legal actions taken by PCPCS and charter schools to defend school choice in Pennsylvania. Last year, PCPCS and several member charter schools brought action against PDE and school districts on the PDE decision to withdraw from the redirection process. Although that case is still active, the suit has resulted in more than $20 million dollars being paid to charters that had been withheld by districts.
Other cases involved the actions in Philadelphia to suspend the School Code and impose illegal unilateral enrollment caps on charters, the illegal action in Pittsburgh to impose one-year renewals, the ability of charters to operate at more than one location, challenges to the jurisdiction of the Charter Appeals Board, the authority of PDE to pass through gaming revenue to charters, and the denial of access to funding created by the budget impasse.
PCPCS is the largest, oldest, most inclusive, and most effective charter school organization in Pennsylvania and is dedicated to achieving choice for parents, quality for children, and accountability for taxpayers through advocacy in the legislature, litigation in the courts, operational improvements in charter schools, and understanding in the media.