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August 11, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court enables school district's bad behavior

This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided Discovery Charter School v. School District of Philadelphia. As we discussed last year, Discovery is a successful Philadelphia school that serves grades K-8. In light of its students’ academic success, Discovery amassed a waiting list of 1,448 hopeful new students. In 2012, Discovery sought ...

April 28, 2017

Victory in Anaheim parent trigger law case

A little over a year ago we wrote about a maddening case in Anaheim, California. In 2015, a group of elementary school parents sought to take advantage of California’s Parent Empowerment Act (the “parent trigger”) to force the Anaheim City School District to convert their children’s continually failing school into an indepe ...

December 31, 2016

Weekly litigation report — December 31, 2016

Affordable housing mandates on their way up Unsurprisingly, the California Supreme Court denied our petition for review in 616 Croft Avenue v. City of West Hollywood. This is the case where the City is demanding a half-million dollars in affordable housing subsidies from a couple who want to build more housing — 11 condominiums where ...

December 21, 2016

Are schools like shoes?

No one could find decent shoes in communist Russia. You’d get a pair with no choice regarding quality, type, or shoe size. No thought for your situation; no need to please the customer. You got what they gave you. Our public school system faces the same basic problem. Quality and fit too often suffer because we’ve forgotten ...

October 22, 2016

Weekly litigation report

Individual Rights – Equal Protection. In the long-running saga of Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense and Small Business, a small business is challenging the racial classifications in Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of Equal Protection. That section sets a goal for the feder ...

September 10, 2016

Weekly litigation report — September 10, 2016

Union access shenanigans from the Department of Labor PLF supports charter schools from death by limbo Environment and the right to intervene in lawsuits Property rights: Loss in Knick v. Scott Township Beer drinkers must register to drink? Adverse anti-discrimination ruling Union access shenanigans from the Department of Labor We filed a new case ...

September 02, 2016

The perfect response to John Oliver's nonsense charter school rant

Our friends at We the Internet TV, put together this scathing, hilarious, and appropriate rebuke to John Oliver’s silly diatribe on charter schools. ...

August 26, 2016

Back to School Choice Week 2016: The latest in the Philadelphia school district's attempt to stop charter schools from growing

Discovery Charter School is a successful Philadelphia school that serves grades K-8. In light of its academic success, Discovery has amassed a waiting list of 1,448 hopeful students. In 2012, Discovery sought permission from the School District of Philadelphia to amend its charter to increase enrollment by 430 students over a four-year period. B ...

August 25, 2016

It's Back to School Choice Week on Courting Liberty

PLF’s Director of Communications Harold Johnson is joined by PLF Principal Attorney Joshua Thompson to discuss Pacific Legal Foundation’s Back To School Choice Week. The conversation also highlights many of the ongoing cases in courts across the United States where PLF is working in the name of school choice. The week is designed to bri ...

January 27, 2016

Hope for Washington's charter schools

National School Choice Week has special meaning this year in Washington, where lawmakers are fighting to save Washington’s charter schools. In 2012, Washington voters passed the state’s first charter school act. The state then approved numerous charter school applications, and the new schools prepared to open their doors in 2015. ...