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Philadelphia charter school sues district over suspended regulations

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Feb. 9, 2013: An email announcing an opening in a charter school for Heather Davis-Jones' daughter Shakia is pictured at their residence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . (reuters)

A charter school is suing the School District of Philadelphia and its five-member executive School Reform Commission for suspending provisions in the Pennsylvania Public School Code.

The suspensions, the lawsuit says, “jeopardize the very existence of charter schools in Philadelphia.”

The plaintiff, West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School, has been operating since 2001, the same year that the School Distress Act was amended to grant the SRC its sweeping authority over Philadelphia’s schools.

The lawsuit argues that the SRC’s power to unilaterally suspend regulations is unconstitutional because it violates a charter school’s right to due process.

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