Charter school dispute leads to withholding of state funds

December 15, 2017

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is withholding some education funding from North Kingstown as the result of a tuition dispute between that school district and a charter school.

The Providence Journal reported Friday that education Commissioner Ken Wagner has decided to withhold an amount matching the tuition the district owes the Kingston Hill charter school. He also directed the money instead be paid directly to Kingston Hill.

The exact dollar amount was not disclosed.

The dispute began after the town requested additional information on enrollment at the school, including applications, waiting lists and acceptance letters.

Kingston Hill officials declined, accusing the district of trying to be an “arbiter” of its admission process.

The district says it wanted to avoid billing mistakes similar to those it had found with another charter school.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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