LEAD Academy charter school to move forward despite AEA lawsuit

A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday regarding a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association against members of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission. The AEA and plaintiffs, who are employees of Montgomery Public Schools, are challenging the commission's vote to approve LEAD Academy as Montgomery’s first public charter school.

The decision was made in a 5-1 vote in February.

In its suit, the AEA made a number of claims against the commission, including that it didn’t have the required number of votes to approve the school, the school’s plan does not meet state requirements for public charter schools, and that interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson is “friends” with those responsible for the school’s approval.

Lauren Little