SOURCE: Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools

Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools

September 27, 2010 10:00 ET

Philadelphia School District Sued for Illegal Enrollment Caps, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools Supports Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) -  The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School (WDP-LLPCS), a tuition-free public charter school located in Philadelphia, PA, has filed a lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia for the recovery of $1.7 million. The lawsuit charges the district has withheld those funds based upon its assertion that WDP-LLPCS has exceeded its enrollment cap.

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) fully supports and endorses the lawsuit. 

"The district's withholding of these funds is illegal and immoral," said PCPCS Executive Director Guy Ciarrocchi. "Regrettably, the district appears to be putting its own interests above the students at the charter school. The district knows that it has no right to enact enrollment caps upon any charter school."

"The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has thrown its full support into this matter not only for the sake of one member school, but more importantly on behalf of all public charter schools in Philadelphia, and across the state -- and the 20,000-plus students on charter school waiting lists in Philadelphia alone. The students at WDP-LLPCS and the students on waiting lists deserve better. We need to honor their parents' wishes and open the doors to educational opportunities."

Ciarrocchi added, "We will not tolerate any school district's attempt to impose illegal enrollment caps, thereby limiting the legal right of many families to exercise public school choice."

PCPCS has established a Legal Defense Fund in support of this lawsuit and the fight for public school choice. For more information about the fund and other pertinent information, visit www.pachartercoalition.com.

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