Charter schools sue state over funding
Posted September 21, 2009 2:17 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Seven charter schools, including one in Rocky Mount, filed suit Monday over North Carolina's system of educational funding.
North Carolina law prohibits counties and local school districts from providing funds to charter schools for facilities, which the charter schools maintain violates the state constitutional provision for a uniform system of public schools.
“Creating the public charter school system, without providing a uniform opportunity to those students to receive capital outlay funds from counties and local school administrative units is, even in its simplest terms, fundamentally not uniform treatment," Bob Orr, executive director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, which is representing the charter schools, said in a statement. "Public charter students should have a uniform opportunity to get the funding that traditional public schools get, plain and simple.”
Rocky Mount Preparatory School is among the schools involved in the suit.