By Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging the way New York state funds its charter schools has survived a legal challenge.

A state Supreme Court judge Wednesday denied the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by charter school parents in Rochester and Buffalo and the Northeast Charter Schools Network.

State officials had argued to have the suit thrown out, but Judge Donna Siwek decided the charter proponents had made enough of a case to continue.

The lawsuit alleges that the funding system, which includes no money for charter school buildings, violates the state’s obligation to provide every student with a “sound basic education.” It seeks to have the funding formula declared unconstitutional and rewritten by the state Legislature.

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