Hinds County judge issues ruling on charter school lawsuit - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Hinds County judge issues ruling on charter school lawsuit

A Hinds County judge will let three groups that favor charter schools intervene in a lawsuit challenging whether such schools can legally receive Mississippi education money.
    
Mike Hurst, representing a group of parents from Midtown Charter School, says Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled after a Wednesday hearing.
    
Charter school supporters, arguing they have particular interests to defend, will be co-defendants along with state government and the Jackson school district. The plaintiffs and Jackson schools argued to exclude them, saying more defendants would slow the case.
    
Mississippi's three charter schools, all in Jackson, are operated by private, nonprofit groups. Plaintiffs sued in July, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, arguing charter schools are barred from getting state money because they aren't overseen by a state or local school superintendent.

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