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For Immediate Release:2014-01-21
Press Contact: Tracy Young
phone: 512.584.8272
email: tyoung@txcharterschools.org

Public charter schools return to court in school finance litigation

(Austin, Tex.) Texas Public Charter Schools return to Judge Dietz's court in school finance litigation round two. Texas Public Charter School parents and TCSA join five other groups in school finance trial reopening today, January 21, 2014. TCSA and charter parents' attorneys are expected to present opening statements after the four school district plaintiff groups and the intervenors (Texans for Real Efficiency in Education (TREE)).  

More info on the Texas public charter schools' claims:

The charter school plaintiffs requested protection for children's constitutional rights as it relates to sufficient funding for open-enrollment charter schools and a lifting of the arbitrary cap on charters imposed by the Legislature. 

Nothing is more inequitable than zero.
  • Public charter schools have existed in Texas education since 1995 with no facilities funding from the state. Further, charter schools do not receive individualized adjustments for school and student characteristics like school districts receive.  
  • Parents in charter schools exercised the options given by the state and chose the right school for their children to be successful. They did not choose less funding for their student.
The cap on charter schools is arbitrary especially with a waiting list of students across the state.

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Public charter schools are tuition-free, open-enrollment public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students while still held to state academic and financial accountability standards.  In total, there are more than 178,000 students in over 550 open-enrollment charter campuses (2013 AskTED) with more than 101,000 students on waiting lists across Texas (2012 survey). Charter students represent close to 4% of the public school population in Texas. The Texas Charter Schools Association is the statewide Association representing open-enrollment charter schools in every part of our great state. 
Visit www.txcharterschools.org for more info.