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D.C. Charter Schools Sue City, Alleging Unequal Funding

An organization that represents more than three dozen D.C. charter schools filed a federal lawsuit against the District on Wednesday, alleging that the city has failed to provide uniform operating funds for charter and traditional schools as the law requires.

The D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools argues that the city has spent about $2,150 less per charter student each year since 2008 than it did for students in the D.C. public school system.

In all, the city has given charter schools an estimated $770 million less than it should have since fiscal 2008, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court. The association and two other plaintiffs, Eagle Academy and Washington Latin public charter schools, say they turned to the courts as a last resort.