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Charter Group Sues For New School Funding Formula

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Charter school advocates want New York to re-write the formula used to fund its public charter schools.  A lawsuit filed in Buffalo Tuesday says the current formula is unconstitutional and that the state is falling short of its obligation to provide every student with a sound basic education.

The state Supreme Court lawsuit names the state of New York, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state Assembly, Senate, budget office, Board of Regents and education commissioner.

It was filed by the Northeast Charter Schools Network and five families on behalf of the 107,000 charter school students statewide.  The lawsuit says charter schools receive less funding and are also burdened by having to pay for their own buildings.

The Cuomo administration didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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