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Charter-school group wants Congress to review decision

Ohanian Comment: This Arizona decision is an interesting wrinkle. Does anybody know what it means?

The head of a national charter-school advocacy group wants Congress to review a decision by the U.S. Department of Education that limits federal funding to Arizona for-profit charter schools.

Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform in Washington, D.C., said she is concerned the recent decision could end up affecting charter schools in other states. Besides Arizona, 20 other states allow for-profit charter schools.

On Wednesday, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and 11 charter schools sued the federal government because of a decision that Arizona for-profit charters are no longer eligible for federal funds for special education and Title I (low-income) students. Arizona has 52 for-profit charter schools, and the funding is worth nearly $2 million a year. The schools are still required by state and federal law to provide special-education services, even though they won't get federal funding as of July 1.

— Editorial
Arizona Republic


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