Public charters face private school test

In The News

January 23, 2023


By Juan Perez Jr.

January 23, 2023

A fight over skirts has hemmed in some of the country’s biggest charter school supporters.

— The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year struck down a North Carolina charter’s dress code that required girls to wear skirts. Religious liberty groups and some school choice organizations, plus 10 attorneys general in Republican-led states, want the Supreme Court to intervene.

— Justices haven’t yet decided to take up the case. But they did ask Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar to weigh in, a significant move that means the Biden administration will pick a side in a case with major implications for charters and the overall school choice movement.

— A high court ruling could galvanize a movement to open publicly funded religious charter schools depending on how justices address the complex question of whether charter schools are public entities acting on behalf of the government — or something more like private institutions.

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