Judge won’t remove JPS from charter school suit

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The judge in the charter school lawsuit has rejected the Jackson Public School District’s attempt to dismiss itself from the case.

The district, which is listed as a defendant along with Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Department of Education and three intervenor defendants, argued that it is compliant with current law and that its presence in the lawsuit is unnecessary for the case’s resolution.

“While JPS takes no position regarding the ultimate constitutionality of the relevant code section, it will continue to make such payments absent action by this Court or the legislature. Accordingly, relief may not be afforded to the Plaintiffs herein without the presence of JPS as a party,” stated the order from Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas.

A group of Jackson parents represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit last year. They allege funding of charter schools is unconstitutional and harmful to students in the Jackson Public School District.

Thomas will issue a ruling on all parties’ motions after June 21.