The map below shows school-funding court decisions by state.

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The judicial decisions shown on this map are decisions of the state’s highest court (or a non-appealed lower-court decision) that state whether or not elementary and high school students in the particular state have a legally enforceable right, under the state’s constitution, to “equity” or “adequacy” in school funding. The map does not include follow-up cases or compliance decisions, unless they reverse an initial liability ruling. States are listed as having “mixed results” if the courts have issued multiple decisions regarding these constitutional rights (for example, an “equity” decision favoring the plaintiffs and an “adequacy decision” favoring the defendants).

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Latest Litigation Developments

November 8, 2017

NY Appeals Court Remands School Funding Case

A year ago a state Supreme Court judge in Albany County had dismissed the claims of parents in eight small city school districts who had alleged […]
November 8, 2017

Mississippi Supreme Court Rejects Constitutional Funding

The Mississippi state legislature is not constitutionally required to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (“MAEP,” despite the specific language in MS Code §37-151-6 that […]
November 8, 2017

Vermont Town Challenges State Funding Formula

Seeking a declaration that Vermont’s education property tax and funding system is unconstitutional as well as injunctive action, the town of Whitingham, together with parent and […]
November 8, 2017

Two Oklahoma School Districts Move to Prevent State’s Settlement with Charter School Association

Two school districts in Oklahoma, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, are seeking to prevent a lawsuit from allocating more state dollars to charter schools. Earlier this year, […]
October 6, 2017

Kansas Court Again Holds That State Funding System is Unconstitutional

For the fifth time in the past seven years, the Kansas Supreme Court has held that the legislature’s attempts to revise the state’s system for funding […]
October 6, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Trial on Adequacy and Equity Issues

In a scathing 86-page decision that overruled three major rulings of predecessor state supreme courts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held last month that there are judicially […]