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DC Circuit Orders Dismissal of DC Charter School Association’s Case That Challenged the DC Council’s Legislative Authority, Sought to Undermine Funding for DCPS & Alleged Underfunding for DC Charter Schools

Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
July 24, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently ordered the dismissal of a case that challenged the DC Council’s authority under the Home Rule Act to make changes to the School Reform Act.  The Committee, along with the law firms Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Lewis Baach Kaufmann & Middlemiss, PLLC, represent a group of DC parents and DC education advocate organizations from every Ward that filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the DC Circuit Court on appeal.

The Committee and the DC citizens and DC education advocacy organizations that we represent look forward to putting this lawsuit behind DC, so that the DC Council can exercise it’s authority to  address persistent segregation and significant opportunity gaps for students of color, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students living in poverty.  The Committee appreciates the excellent work of the attorneys it worked with in the appeal briefing: Matthew Frumin; Jeff Robinson at Lewis Baach; and Roger Warin, Osvaldo Vasquez, and Marcus Gadson at Steptoe.

Read the full press release here.