The Alabama Education Association has filed a lawsuit challenging the decision of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission to authorize LEAD Academy in Montgomery. AEA says less than a majority of the 11-member Commission voted to authorize the school. They also say the Commission did not include a member of the Montgomery Board of Education in the process and LEAD Academy’s application did not meet the criteria qualifying it for authorization.
AEA Associate Executive Director Theron Stokes says, there are certain powers-that-be who are dead set on having a charter school in Montgomery, regardless of the school's quality. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act and the Open Meetings Act.
It asks for a court order voiding the approval of LEAD Academy, preventing the Commission from approving the deficient existing application, and preventing any public funds or property from going to the LEAD Education Foundation, the entity which applied for the charter.