School-choice case: Parents vs. SPLC

Oct 12, 2016 by

A judge has ruled that several interested parties can intervene in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit against funding for Mississippi charter schools.

Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled last week that some parents, the state’s charter school association, and Midtown Public Charter School can become involved with the lawsuit. The SPLC argues that the transfer of funds from the Jackson Public Schools to support the charters is unconstitutional.

Mike Hurst is director of Mississippi Justice Institute, which represents the parents.

“For the first time, parents, their kids, and their entire family can actually have a voice in this incredible lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center to try and shut down their choice in education,” he says of the ruling.

Hurst believes he knows why Thomas ruled in favor of letting those interested join in the lawsuit.

“I think we showed him that any disposition of this case could greatly affect the parents, the schools, and the association,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And I think he saw that, he recognized it, and he allowed us to intervene and be co-defendants with the governor, the Department of Education, and JPS [Jackson Public Schools].”

Two charter schools currently operate within the JPS geographic boundaries, and a third is set to open in the current school year.

Source: School-choice case: Parents vs. SPLC

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