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Charter Schools Fail In Court Bid To Get Construction Money

The North Carolina Supreme Court has ended a three-year battle over whether or not charter schools can receive public money for construction. The answer is no. The Charlotte Observer has a story here. Mecklenburg County, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Board of Education and Union County, among others, were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in 2009 by the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law on behalf of nine charter schools in the state. Charter schools are independent public schools licensed by the statebut they cannot request public dollars for capital construction projects. The state Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court's decision from last year that charter schools cannot receive the funds.