A pro-charters PAC has filed an amicus brief in MNPS' school zoning case:
One of the main sticking points in charter applications is a perceived lack in diversity. Great Hearts Academies’ plan for a charter was denied last night, partially based on their plan to not provide transportation to low-income students. MNPS Director of Schools Jesse Register suggested last month that Great Hearts approval could hinder MNPS in the Spurlock case.
But in their third-party amicus brief, Great Public Schools maintains that state law, not local decisions, requires MNPS to place charter schools that will serve students from at-risk areas.
“Plaintiffs cannot establish that Defendants acted with discriminatory intent by pointing to actions that the MNPS Board took effectively through no choice of its own,” the brief reads.