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Judge bars APS from withholding funding to charter schools

December 20, 2012

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Atlanta Public Schools must stop withholding local property tax revenue from charter schools it had demanded help from in paying for the district’s pension program, a Fulton County Superior Court judge ruled.

The ruling means the 10 charter schools that filed suit against APS in August could get as much as $2.8 million this fiscal year. That’s the amount the schools’ attorney, Rocco Testani, said APS had planned to withhold.

 “What our case was about was to get APS to follow the law,” Testani said.

“The charter schools and folks in this value their relationship with APS very much,” he said. “It was a simple question of what the law requires. The parties have to work together. It’s best for everybody.”

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