Charter schools could see drastic cuts due to case between SLPS -

Charter schools could see drastic cuts due to case between SLPS and Missouri

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ST. LOUIS ( – Charter schools in St. Louis will lose thousands of dollars if the state stops diverting money from the public schools.

In 1999, some plaintiffs, including the St. Louis Public School District, took the state to federal court and accused them of supporting factors that led to discrimination and segregation within the district. Since the state reportedly admitted to playing a role in the discrimination, the court decided several school programs needed to be put in place to change it.

Following the ruling, voters in the City of St. Louis approved the desegregation sales tax to pay for the program. The state agreed that 100 percent of the money would be used exclusively for Desegregation remediation programs, such as full-day kindergarten and magnet schools, within the district.

The state honored the court’s order until 2006 when some of the funds were diverted to other purposes, like charter schools.

The president of the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP told News 4 they have been asking the state for the full funds, but were told they would not receive the money.

The Executive Director of Lafayette Preparatory Academy said her students will be drastically impacted if the school district continues to pursue the matter. She said not only would her school will have to pay thousands of dollars back to the district, but each student would be short $800.

“It not only affects the parents who would have to make some changes and decisions but it affects every child who enjoys the school that they go to,” said Michelle Neals, whose child goes to the academy. Who looks forward to going to those schools year after year and forming those friendships and those bonds?”

The state has filed a motion to move the case from federal court to state court and are still waiting on a judge to decide the next steps.

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