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

December 13, 2017

South Carolina Supreme Court Terminates Jurisdiction of Adequacy Case

Three years after ruling that the state’s system for financing public education was unconstitutional, the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed course and terminated its jurisdiction of […]
December 13, 2017

Washington Supreme Court Rules that State Is Still in Contempt

Since 2012, when the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the state’s education finance system was unconstitutional, the State has been required to file an annual report with […]
December 13, 2017

Plaintiffs in NY Adequacy Case Add Additional School Districts

Last June, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, denied the state’s motion to dismiss New Yorkers for Students Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New […]
December 13, 2017

US-29 State Are Now Providing Less Education Funding Than in 2008

A recent analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities revealed that in inflation-adjusted terms, 29 states were spending less on education during the 2015 school year, […]
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 […]