- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina appeals court says Cleveland County school administrators must turn over nearly $55,000 to three charter schools in the latest ruling in a dispute over the types of taxpayer funds the alternative public schools should receive.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in a case involving Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Piedmont Community, and Lincoln charter schools.

The schools won a 2011 appeals court ruling directing local public school districts to give charter schools a per-student share of all money placed in a current expenses fund. The court last year ruled charter schools cannot claim money in accounts created for specific purposes.

The three-judge appeals panel now says grants for Medicaid special-needs children, Internet access and dropout prevention are among the types of funding that must be shared.

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