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

Click on a state for education-finance litigation details, recent events, and links to useful resources.

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AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

 

 

Plaintiff Victory

Defendant (State) Victory

Mixed Results

No Court Decision

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

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 […]
October 6, 2017

New Challenge to Education Funding Crisis in Connecticut

Earlier this month, the Torrington City Council voted to join a lawsuit that will seek to enjoin Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy from cutting over $500 million […]
October 6, 2017

Annual PDK Survey Indicates Growing Public Interest in Schools Preparing Students for Careers and Citizenship

More Americans value the schools’ role in developing career and citizenship skills than in preparing students for standardized achievement tests, according to the 2017 annual Phi […]
August 28, 2017

Parties Agree to New Approach for Resolving Long-Pending N. Carolina Case

Signaling a new era in a long-running public school lawsuit, attorneys for the two sides in the 20-year old Leandro v. State of North Carolina case, 488 […]
August 28, 2017

Iowa Court Dismisses Funding Suit

A district court judge in Iowa recently dismissed a case brought by former and current students of the Davenport Community School District who alleged that the […]