Four growing charter school organizations are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education, charging that the state’s formula for funding K-12 schools during the pandemic will illegally deny payments for additional students in their schools.
Their schools are being underfunded by millions of dollars and their students’ constitutional rights are being violated, the lawsuit claims.
The schools and parents of their prospective parents called for the courts to immediately force the state to reimburse the schools for newly enrolled students. If successful, the lawsuit, filed Monday in Superior Court in Sacramento, would benefit traditional school districts that also are not being reimbursed in the coming school year for growth in enrollment.