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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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

April 27, 2018

Kansas Legislature Adopts Bill to Meet Court Deadline, but Makes an $80 Million Drafting Mistake

Hastening to meet a court-imposed deadline to increase school funding, Kansas lawmakers earlier this month approved a $500 million funding increase, to be phased in over […]
April 27, 2018

NC Supreme Court Considers Funding Responsibility of County Commissioners

The North Carolina Supreme court heard arguments last week about whether county officials should share the blame with the state and local school districts if schools […]
April 27, 2018

Six State Legislatures Have Considered Constitutional Amendments to Curb Courts’ Powers — but None of Them Have Been Adopted

As confrontations between courts and state legislatures have increased in a number of states in recent years, state legislators in at least six states have proposed […]
April 27, 2018

Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Charter School Funding

By a 5-2 margin, the Louisiana Supreme Court last month upheld state funding for 35 charter schools established by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary […]
March 6, 2018

PA Court to Consider New Round of Motions

Although the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decisively rejected the state defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint in that state’s pending education adequacy case and remanded the case […]
March 6, 2018

Arizona Judge Denies State’s Attempt To Delay Lawsuit

In a brief order issued late last month in Glendale Elem Sch. Dist v. State, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin rejected a bid by […]