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

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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

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 […]
July 9, 2018

Kansas Supreme Court Holds That State Can Meet Compliance Requirements If It Adopts Inflation Adjustments

Issuing its sixth decision since 2016 in Gannon v. State, the Kansas Supreme Court held in a per curriam decision issued last week that the adequacy […]
May 29, 2018

Idaho Complaint Claims That School Fees Violate U.S. Constitution

Alleging that school districts throughout the State of Idaho are illegally assessing and collecting fees for supplies and elective courses, three parents and a former high […]
May 29, 2018

Florida Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Adequacy Case

By a 5-4 margin, the Florida Supreme Court agreed earlier this month to hear the appeal of a major challenge to the constitutionality of Florida’s system for […]
May 29, 2018

State Files Final Compliance Report in Washington Adequacy Case; Plaintiffs Assert That the Court’s Work May Not Yet Be Done

Stating that the legislature had committed $969 million to fully fund higher education salaries for 2018-2019, as ordered by the State Supreme Court last November, Washington’s […]