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

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 […]
December 3, 2018

Abbott Plaintiffs Seek Additional Facilities Funding

In a letter sent to New Jersey’s Attorney General last month, the Education Law Center, counsel to the plaintiffs in the 31 poor urban districts covered […]
December 3, 2018

CEE Launches 40-year Database of State Fiscal Efforts

The Center for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University is unveiling a 40-year database of state fiscal efforts for education. The database provides a valuable […]
October 15, 2018

Federal Judge in Connecticut Dismisses Charter School Adequacy Case

A case claiming that limitations on the availability of magnet and charter schools to minority students from poverty constitute discrimination and a denial of a right […]
October 15, 2018

Delaware Judge Denies State’s Motion to Dismiss Property Valuation Claims

Earlier this month, Delaware Chancery Court Judge Travis Lester denied the state’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims that a failure by county officials to raise market […]