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

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Plaintiff Victory

Defendant (State) Victory

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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

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 […]
August 13, 2018

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules That Right to Education Has a Qualitative Dimension

Intermediate courts of appeal in California and Florida (but not the state supreme courts) have recently held that adequacy language in the state’s education clause does […]
August 13, 2018

PA Parties File Further Briefs on Mootness Issue

Almost a year ago, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the state defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims that the state’s school funding formula is unconstitutional in […]
July 9, 2018

Federal Judge Dismisses Detroit Right-to-Literacy Litigation

After taking the case under advisement for almost a full year, a federal district judge last week dismissed plaintiffs’ attempt to establish a “right to literacy” […]
July 9, 2018

Washington Supreme Court Finds State in Full Compliance, Terminates Jurisdiction in the Long-Pending McCleary Case

In a short, unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court held last month that the State had met all of the compliance requirements that it had articulated […]