NEWS FROM THE ACCESS NETWORK

Pennsylvania Court Rules that Financially Distressed Districts May Not Cancel Teachers’ Contracts to Balance Their Budgets

March 6, 2015

In a major victory for teachers’ unions in this ongoing era of massive education budget gaps, on January 22, 2015, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania unanimously decided that the School District of Pennsylvania and its School Reform Commission (SRC) could not unilaterally cancel its teachers’ contract, even if such action would save the district tens […]

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California School Districts Settle Physical Education Case

March 6, 2015

An advocacy group advocating for California elementary school children’s right to physical education has reached a settlement with the San Francisco and Los Angeles Boards of Education and scores of other school districts throughout that state.  The settlement, which would require elementary schools to keep publicly available documentation proving that school children are getting the […]

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S. Carolina House Establishes a Task Force to Respond to Court Order

March 6, 2015

Last November, the S. Carolina Supreme Court issued a ruling in a long-pending adequacy case that held that the state’s education finance system violated the state constitution. Abbeville v. the State of South Carolina. The parties were directed to reappear before the Court “within a reasonable time” to present a plan to address the constitutional violations, […]

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California Districts Sue For Reimbursements of Mandated Costs

March 6, 2015

Four California school districts and one county office of education (collectively, the “Districts”) have filed a claim alleging that the state legislature’s new testing scheme tied to the Common Core constitutes a mandate and that the state must reimburse districts for all expenses related to the testing mandate. Their claim is based on Article XIII, Section 6 […]

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Kansas Judges Again Rule That The State Funding System Is Unconstitutional

January 6, 2015

A three-judge District Court panel in Kansas recently held that it was a “clear fact that constitutional inadequacy from any rational measure or perspective clearly has existed and still exists in the State’s approach to funding the K-12 school system.”  The ruling, issued on December 30, 2014 is consistent with the panel’s prior ruling in […]

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Crying Broke, Arizona Legislature Attempts To Block Increased School Funding

January 6, 2015

Last summer, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper issued an order requiring the Arizona State Legislature to immediately increase current funding for all schools districts to levels consistent with inflation, as required by Proposition 30. At the heart of the case lies the right of voters to order their state legislature to adequately fund […]

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Alaska Local Education Funding Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional

January 6, 2015

Relying on a unique state constitutional provision that prohibits using any specific state tax for a particular “dedicated” purpose, a Superior Court judge in Alaska ruled last month that a state mandate requiring local municipalities to make education funding payments directly to their respective school districts violated the state constitution. Early in 2014, Ketchikan Gateway […]

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Rural New Jersey Districts Revive Funding Litigation

January 6, 2015

On December 11, a judge from the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division – Mercer County heard oral arguments in the long-pending challenge to New Jersey’s statewide school funding system  by  16 poor, rural New Jersey school districts. The rural school districts and a coalition of parents had originally brought suit challenging New Jersey’s […]

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South Carolina Supreme Court Finds For Plaintiffs After Long Delay

November 21, 2014

More than six years after oral argument had been held regarding the lower court’s decision based on a trial that concluded in 2004, the South Carolina Supreme Court last week upheld that part of the trial court’s decision that mandated early childhood education for students from poverty backgrounds; it also substantially modified in plaintiffs’ favor […]

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New York Plaintiffs Prevail On Motion To Dismiss

November 21, 2014

Rejecting the state’s attempt to dismiss a major litigation seeking to enforce the funding and other constitutional mandates established in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York litigation (“CFE”), Justice Manuel J. Mendez of the New York State Supreme Court, New York County, issued an order this week that upholds the right […]

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