WVa High Court lifts block on public charter schools | West Virginia News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has lifted a lower court’s temporary block on public charter schools.

The higher court issued the stay on Wednesday. In December, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey granted a preliminary injunction sought by the parents in a lawsuit filed against Governor Jim Justice and leaders of the U.S. House of Delegates and Senate. ‘State.

Implementation of charter schools will continue under current law while broader legal issues will be heard in the Supreme Court.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who appealed Bailey’s decision, said the stay will give already-approved charter schools a chance to prepare for the next school year and “prevents West Virginians from being deprived of the ability to send their children to charter schools as this litigation progresses.”

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim residents should be able to weigh in on any charter school established in their county. They challenge the authority of the Professional Charter Schools Board, whose members are appointed by the governor.

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In November, the board approved charter schools in Morgantown, Nitro, and Jefferson County, as well as two online charter schools.

Bailey had said the board’s power to approve new charter schools without input from county voters was “contrary to the constitution of this state, and petitioners are entitled to seek relief from unconstitutional legislation.” “. She said the decision was not about whether lawmakers had the power to enact legislation authorizing charter schools.

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