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

January 23, 2018

CT Supreme Court Ruling Denies Plaintiffs Any Relief

In a bizarre decision in which the majority based its ruling on a constitutional standard articulated in the past by one of its members–but which that […]
January 23, 2018

Major Adequacy Case Filed in Delaware

Initiating the first educational adequacy litigation in Delaware’s history, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Delaware and the Community Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit […]
January 23, 2018

Florida Appeals Court Affirms Motion to Dismiss

A three-judge panel of Florida’s First District Court of Appeals last month affirmed the trial court’s decision to dismiss the complaint. Citizens for Strong Schools v. […]
January 23, 2018

Ten NJ School Districts File Petition for Full and Fair Funding

Ten New Jersey School Districts filed an administrative petition with the State Commissioner of Education earlier this month, claiming that, on average, their districts in recent […]
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 […]