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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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 31, 2019

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REJECTS ADEQUACY CLAIMS

In a close 4-3 decision in which the deciding judge joined in the result but not the opinion of his colleagues, the Florida Supreme Court earlier […]
January 31, 2019

ADVOCACY GROUPS IN MARYLAND THREATEN TO RE-OPEN LONG-PENDING ADEQUACY CASE

Since 1994, Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education, a case that claims students in Baltimore City’s public schools are not receiving the “thorough and efficient” […]
January 31, 2019

NY JUDGE AFFIRMS DISMISSAL OF SMALL CITIES’ EDUCATION ADEQUACY CLAIMS

In 2009, eight small city school districts in upstate New York filed an adequacy challenge to the state’s education funding system. The plaintiffs alleged that the […]
January 31, 2019

VT JUDGE DENIES STATE’S MOTION TO DISMISS FUNDING CASE

Superior Court Judge Robert Gerety last month denied the state’s motion to dismiss Boyd v. State, a challenge to the state’s educational finance system filed by residents […]
December 3, 2018

Delaware Judge Issues Strong Adequacy Ruling

In a scathing 133-page decision that excoriated the legal positions taken by the state defendants, Delaware Chancery Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster last week denied the […]
December 3, 2018

R.I. Students and Parents File Major Federal Adequacy Claim

On November 28, 14 students and parents filed a class action law suit asking the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island to declare that all students […]