Charter Schools

Charter Schools Battle AZ Over Funding

A rule interpretation becomes a take-back


About 200 charter schools are seeking an injunction that would prevent the Arizona Department of Education from recouping more than $5 million in classroom-site funds that state officials say it overpaid the schools.

The Arizona Charter Schools Association and about 200 of its member charter schools filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Education Department to stop it from collecting the money.

The suit claims the department wants charter schools to return $5.89 million in Proposition 301 money after the state changed its interpretation of teacher-performance pay.