A $100,000 lawsuit involving three public charter schools and the Cleveland County Board of Education is set to go to trial today. In the case, these charters allege they have been underfunded by the county’s board of education throughout the 2009-10 school year. North Carolina general statute mandates that local education authorities transfer per-pupil funding for county students who enroll in public charter schools.
A judge will determine the outcome of the case as it is a bench trial. The $103,000 is set aside for 340 students from Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Piedmont Community Charter School, and Lincoln Charter School. “The county school system says it doesn’t owe the charter schools any money and used appropriate school funds to transfer the money to charter school,” according to the Shelby Star.
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy sued the Rutherford County Board of Education in 2011 for $730,889 owed to them over three school years. The state Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in September 2011 that school systems must allocate money in their local current expense fund when calculating the per-pupil funding districts are required to transfer to charter schools.
Learn more about this case here.