- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Latest on a court dispute over charter school financing in Louisiana (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

State financing for more than 30 Louisiana public charter schools won’t be disrupted next week.

Superintendent of Education John White said a state appellate court late Friday delayed the impact of its ruling that money from Louisiana’s public school funding formula can’t pay for charter schools created by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The stay issued by the court means Louisiana can send the next monthly payment to those charter schools Wednesday, as scheduled. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2jJOcDV ) the court ruled 4-1 for the stay.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has argued that funding the state-chartered schools through a formula meant to pay local school districts violates the Louisiana Constitution. The state had asked the appellate court to stall the impact of its ruling until the Louisiana Supreme Court decides whether the charter school funding is proper.

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2:30 p.m.

A Baton Rouge judge has refused to stall the effects of a higher court’s ruling that could stop financing for more than 30 Louisiana public charter schools next week.

An appellate court ruled this month that dollars from the state’s public school funding formula can’t pay for charter schools created by Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2iTKjYA ) on Friday, District Judge Wilson Fields said he didn’t have the authority to delay the impact of that ruling.

Without a stay, Superintendent of Education John White says the state cannot send the next monthly payment Wednesday to those charter schools.

White says the state is asking the appellate court to delay its ruling’s impact until the Louisiana Supreme Court decides whether the charter school funding is proper.

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