Judge: No Local Money for KCMO Charter Schools

Charter schools are popular with parents, though not necessarily with public school administrators.

The difference can be seen in Kansas City, Missouri. Of public school students, 15 percent attend charter schools. That’s a remarkably large number for a concept that has been around for only 8 years.

The Kansas City school district had been directed by state law to send local tax money to charter schools in proportion to their attendance. But they also got to keep $800 per student for each person attending charter schools–that is, for students who place no financial demands on the district schools.

Eventually this generous offer was withdrawn by the state, and the district was no longer to keep this $800 per student. <a href=”http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/14829517.htm”>The district filed suit against the state, and won.</a>

The suit, and the decision, revolves on the particularities of a long-running desegregation program, so it’s not necessarily applicable elsewhere.

Still, expect opponents of charter schools to take heart–and perhaps cues–from the decision.

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