September 7 - Critical Development in the Brown v. New York Lawsuit

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On Wednesday, September 7, a Rochester court will hear arguments about why the Brown v. New York lawsuit should not be dismissed, as the state continues to try and have the case thrown out.

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 29, 2016
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, 518-573-0516, jmokhiber@necharters.org 

ADVISORY: September 7 - Critical Development in the Brown v. New York Lawsuit
Rochester court will hear arguments about why the charter funding case should not be dismissed, as the state continues to try to have it thrown out; parents and supporters to gather for rally before court hearing

Rochester, NY – On Wednesday, September 7, a Rochester court will hear arguments about why the Brown v. New York lawsuit should not be dismissed, as the state continues to try and have the case thrown out. The lawsuit, which was filed in September, 2014, challenges the constitutionality of the state’s funding scheme for charter school children statewide. 

Charter school children in Western New York are severely shortchanged compared to students in district schools. In Rochester, charter students only receive 68 cents on the dollar. In Buffalo, charter students fare worse; they only receive three-fifths of the funding that other public students receive. This lawsuit, brought by several Western New York parents and grandparents of charter school students, seeks to rectify this inequity in state law. 

The parents were victorious in May of 2015 when judge Donna Siwek rejected the state’s motion to dismiss the case. On September 7th, a court will hear oral arguments on the state’s appeal of that decision. 

Background on the lawsuit here: http://www.necharters.org/brownvny_press 

Who: Parent plaintiffs, charter school students, families and staff, charter supporters, the Northeast Charter Schools Network.

What: Oral arguments in the state’s appeal of the denial of the motion to dismiss Brown v. New York; rally and small march prior to hearing.

Where: Supporters rally at 275 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604; hearing at Dolores Denman Courthouse, 50 East Ave, Rochester, NY. 

When: Rally to begin at 9am, Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region. 

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