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

October 15, 2018

Federal Judge in Connecticut Dismisses Charter School Adequacy Case

A case claiming that limitations on the availability of magnet and charter schools to minority students from poverty constitute discrimination and a denial of a right […]
October 15, 2018

Delaware Judge Denies State’s Motion to Dismiss Property Valuation Claims

Earlier this month, Delaware Chancery Court Judge Travis Lester denied the state’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims that a failure by county officials to raise market […]
October 15, 2018

Hawaii Supreme Court to Rule Soon on School Tax Ballot Initiative

The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear arguments this week regarding a petition from the state’s four counties that are seeking to quash a ballot question giving […]
October 15, 2018

Tennessee Adequacy Case Readies for Trial

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman last month denied the state’s motion to dismiss an adequacy case filed by the school boards covering the state’s two largest […]
August 13, 2018

New Mexico Judge Rules That State Education Finance System Is Unconstitutional

In a wide-ranging 76-page decision issued late last month, New Mexico District Court Judge Sarah M. Singleton ruled that the state’s education finance system violated the […]
August 13, 2018

California Court Allows Literacy Case to Proceed to Trial

California Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled late last month that a suit claiming the state has failed to provide low-income minority students in three Los […]