N.C. Court of Appeals Opinion: Charter School Access to Per Pupil Funding and District Budgeting Practices

This North Carolina Court of Appeals opinion, filed September 20, 2011, affirms a lower court decision that the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, a charter school in Rutherford County, is entitled to recover from the school district $730,889 that it claimed had been improperly withheld over three years.

The opinion reviews the validity of claims by the charter school and the district about what categories of money in the district budget must be included in calculations of per pupil spending that charter schools receive and the extent to which restricted funds can be segregated. It also discusses the legality of the school district moving money from one category to another during and after the current budget year.