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

March 3, 2017

Kansas Supreme Court Rules That State’s Funding System Does Not Meet Constitutional Adequacy Standards

Issuing its fourth decision since 2014 in Gannon v. State, the Kansas Supreme Court held yesterday that the state’s education financing system, is “not reasonably calculated to […]
February 24, 2017

Chicago Board of Education Charges Illinois Funding System Is Racially Discriminatory

The Chicago Board of Education and five individual parents charged Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois State Board of Education and other state defendants with operating […]
February 24, 2017

Chicago Urban League Settles Long-Pending Litigation

Less than 10 days after the Chicago Board of Education filed its lawsuit, the Chicago Urban League settled a case based on similar legal claims with […]
February 24, 2017

NY Court of Appeals Schedules Hearing on NYSER Appeal

Responding to plaintiffs’ requests to schedule oral arguments on an expedited basis so that a decision might be issued before the start of the next school […]
February 24, 2017

NJ Supreme Court Rebuffs Gov. Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s motion to have the state supreme court freeze state aid at current levels while the state considers a new approach to […]
January 31, 2017

NY Judge Orders State to Continue Funding Improving Schools

An attempt by New York State’s Division of the Budget to deny funding to nine schools that had originally been designated as “persistently failing” but then […]