Judge sides with three school districts in opposition to Princeton area charter school

TRENTON – An effort by a Princeton area charter school to prevent three school districts from using public money to oppose it has been rejected by an administrative law judge.

The Princeton International Academy Charter School had sued three districts – Princeton Regional, South Brunswick and West Windsor-Plainsboro – arguing that they should be prevented from using taxpayer money in their efforts to oppose the charter school’s opening.

Administrative Law Judge Lisa James-Beavers ruled in the districts’ favor, and the decision can now go before the state Education commissioner who has the power to issue a final decision.

The judge ruled against the charter school’s argument that the districts lacked statutory authority to take a stance against the school.

She ruled, among other things, that  school boards “have discretionary authority … to oppose the charter school through zoning challenges, amicus participation, lobbying activities, and public statements.”

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