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Judge says charter school parents can't join legal battle over desegregation funding

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A group of parents of St. Louis charter school students have been denied their request to intervene in a legal battle over desegregation funding.

The parents had wanted a say in a litigation that could force the charter schools to return more than $50 million to St. Louis Public Schools. The funding stems from a city sales tax approved in 1999 to remedy the harmful impact of segregation in St. Louis Public Schools.

The school district claims that money was falsely distributed to the charter schools by the state since 2006 and should have instead been used in adherence with a Desegregation Settlement Agreement.

On Wednesday, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Henry Edward Autrey ruled that the parents lack standing to intervene in the matter, saying they were not parties to the agreement. 

Read the judge's ruling.

And while the parents argued that their children at the charter schools could be harmed by the litigation, the judge said the parents could cite only "nebulous injuries that might occur."

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