(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) A group of Ohio and Michigan charter schools has sued the Biden administration over “unconstitutional rulemaking” that imposes draconian restrictions on charter schools throughout the country, according to a release from the Pacific Legal Foundation.
Today, a coalition of charter schools in Michigan and Ohio have teamed up in a federal lawsuit to challenge the Department of Education’s illegal rule that punishes successful charter schools nationwide. https://t.co/Vih0qxxcyT pic.twitter.com/usXOVFetKS
— Pacific Legal 🗡⚖️ (@PacificLegal) August 8, 2022
In the complaint, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies argued that 87 Fed. Reg. 40,406, issued by the Department of Education in July 2022, unlawfully sets out “new criteria for grant awards that are designed to decrease charter school programs, and ensure that failing public schools don’t have to compete with innovative alternatives.”
The new rules demand, among other things, that charter schools “show evidence of over-enrollment” in nearby public schools, and that they “establish and maintain a racially and
socio-economically diverse student body.”
According to the Pacific Legal Foundation, the Department of Education not only “completely circumvented Congress” in its rulemaking, but did so at the bidding of a president who has publicly said that he is “not a charter school fan.”
“This new rule will profoundly harm children who need the educational opportunities that charter schools provide,” Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan charter association, said in a statement. “Charter schools shouldn’t be punished just because traditional public schools — and the current administration — don’t like them.”
BREAKING: A coalition of charter schools filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education over the Biden Administration's new illegal regulations.
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) August 8, 2022
Cory DeAngelis, Senior Fellow at American Federation for Children, told the Post Millenial that the regulations were little more than a payoff to the teacher’s unions that overwhelmingly support Democratic politicians.