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Administrators at Patterson Park Public Charter School, one of the schools that challenged the funding formula, said they planned to request cash in place of special-education services, though that could spark another battle in a decades-long special-education lawsuit.

Bill Wilson, the school’s executive director, said if the school received about $11,000 in cash for each of its 50 disabled students “we could certainly provide more special-education services to our population than what we’re getting now.”