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.

 Click here to learn more about the history of school-funding court decisions.

 

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

April 17, 2017

17 Illinois School Distrticts File New Funding Litigation

Although the Illinois Supreme Court has, in two prior decisions, held that the courts have no authority to review school funding decisions of the legislature, 17 Illinois school […]
April 17, 2017

Minnesota Appeals Court Dismisses Adequacy Based Segregation Claim

In November, 2015, a group of Minneapolis parents filed a case in Hennepin County District Court that claimed that school children in public schools throughout the […]
April 17, 2017

CT Supreme Court Denies Motion for Early Argument

The Connecticut Supreme Court last week denied the state’s unusual request that they speed up hearing arguments in the appeal of Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s […]
April 17, 2017

Michigan Education Groups File Suit to Block Private School Funding

A group of major education groups including the Michigan Association of School Administrators, the Michigan Association of School Boards, and  Michigan Parents for Schools filed a […]
March 3, 2017

Kansas Supreme Court Rules That State’s Funding System Does Not Meet Constitutional Adequacy Standards

Issuing its fourth decision since 2014 in Gannon v. State, the Kansas Supreme Court held yesterday that the state’s education financing system, is “not reasonably calculated to […]
February 24, 2017

Chicago Board of Education Charges Illinois Funding System Is Racially Discriminatory

The Chicago Board of Education and five individual parents charged Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois State Board of Education and other state defendants with operating […]