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Court ruling endangers Louisiana charter schools

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A state appeals court ruling has put funding at risk for more than 30 of Louisiana’s 148 charter schools.

AP reports that those schools’ were funded via a formula that distributes money to local districts. Earlier this week the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal said it was a violation of the state constitution to fund state-chartered schools with money appropriated for local systems.

The case, which involves about $80 million in funding, is expected to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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