An attorney for Southern Poverty Law Center says the group is not trying to close charter schools in Mississippi, but is only trying to have the schools' funding formula declared unconstitutional.
Jody Owens tells The Associated Press on Monday that SPLC is not suggesting a new funding formula. He says lawmakers could come up with one if the lawsuit succeeds.
Charter schools receive taxpayer money but, unlike most public schools, they're not run by a local board and they don't answer to the state Board of Education.
Instead, they are overseen by a state-level Charter School Authorizer Board.
In the lawsuit filed last week, SPLC argues that charters violate the state constitution by making school districts share property tax collections with schools they don't supervise or control.
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