Lawyer: Public school districts have right to be heard in charter school battle

TRENTON – The lawyer who represented the three school districts that won a legal battle today against a Princeton-area charter school said the districts achieved a key victory.

“They want to continue to have the right to be heard,’’ lawyer David Carroll said of the Princeton Regional, West Windsor-Plainsboro, and South Brunswick districts.

An administrative law judge ruled in the districts’ favor and against the Princeton International Academy Charter School. The charter school had been arguing that the three public school districts should not be able to use public money to oppose the charter school.

But the judge disagreed, and now the matter will go to the Education commissioner, who has the final say.

But Carroll sounded confident that the ruling will stand.  “It is fully in accord with precedent,’’ he said.

The attorneys who represented the charter school could not comment immediately this afternoon.

Earlier story:

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

 

Lawyer: Public school districts have right to be heard in charter school battle