MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA/AP) - Montgomery's first charter school most likely won't open in 2018 after a judge ruled it didn't receive enough votes for its application.
The Alabama Education Association sued charter school LEAD Academy in February after the Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved the charter school in a 5 to 1 vote. The association claimed six votes were necessary to pass and LEAD Academy's application didn't meet the criteria.
Montgomery Circuit Judge J.R. Gaines ruled Tuesday in favor of the association.
Associate Director Theron Stokes said in an emailed statement the association will "fight all attempts to illegally divert public school dollars from Alabama classrooms to out-of-state, for-profit, charter school corporations."
LEAD Academy had already secured a location, recruited employees, and accepted applications.
The school's chairwoman Charlotte Meadows said she is very disappointed but isn't ready to give up on opening a charter school in Montgomery.
LEAD Academy's Board of Directors released a statement saying: