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Significant Decision Impacting Charter Schools plus Award Recognition for Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C.

Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C. is pleased to announce that on February 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a significant decision positively impacting charter schools. In West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School (WPACES) v. School District of Philadelphia (District) and School Reform Commission (SRC), Case No. 31 EM 2014, our firm, on behalf of Amicus Curiae parties, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools and MaST Community Charter School, submitted a Brief in Support of WPACES. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that Section 696(i)(3) of the School Code is unconstitutional as it violates the non-delegation rule of Article II, Section 1. Accordingly, the SRC's and School District's actions taken pursuant to that provision are null and void and the District and SRC are permanently enjoined from taking further action under the authority it confers.

In November 2015, Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C. received the August Steinhilber Best Brief Award from the Education Law Association for the firm's Amicus Curiae brief in this matter. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding brief writing in the appellate courts in cases of education law.

If you would like to discuss this decision and its potential impact on your charter school, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin M. McKenna, Esq. at Kevin McKenna or Nicole D. Snyder, Esq. at: Nicole Snyder.

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