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Washington Supreme Courts Holds State In Contempt

September 24, 2014

Responding to a series of legislative failures to comply with its remedial orders to properly fund public education, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously on September 11, 2014 that the State of Washington is in “contempt of court.” McCleary v. State contempt decision. It further decreed that “If by adjournment of the 2015 legislative session, […]

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Upstate NY Charter Schools Seek Facilities Funding

September 24, 2014

In an apparent response to the passage of legislation last spring that provided space in public school buildings or subsidized rent to charter schools in New York City, the families of seven students who attend the Northeast Charter Schools Network (“NECSN”) schools in Buffalo and Rochester, along with NECSN itself, initiated a lawsuit against the […]

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Wyoming School Districts Challenge Underfunding

September 24, 2014

Nine Wyoming school districts have formed a coalition to convince the state legislature to resume an inflation adjustment to the school-funding program. The cost of living adjustment is mandated by state statute, but has not been provided for the past four years — a lapse that the coalition states has cost school districts statewide more […]

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Chicago Public Schools Go Into Debt To Keep Schools Afloat

September 24, 2014

In response to an outstanding $862 million shortfall, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has extended its budget year to fourteen months in order to be able to utilize funds that will be received in the next fiscal year in this year’s budget. As a result, the anticipated deficit for the next fiscal year will exceed $1 […]

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Texas Education Funding System Ruled Unconstitutional

September 8, 2014

In a massive 364 page ruling issued last week, Texas District Court Judge John K. Dietz ruled that Texas system the Texas education finance system: is structured in such a way that it cannot provide an adequate education for all students; does not provide the “general diffusion of knowledge” called for by the state constitution; […]

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Washington Supreme Court Holds Contempt Hearing

September 8, 2014

Last Wednesday, the Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the plaintiffs’ motion to hold the state in contempt for failing to comply with the Court’s prior orders that require the state to make sufficient progress each year to eliminate constitutional deficiencies in its education funding system by 2017-2018. In 2012, the court held that […]

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Mississippi School Districts Sue State For Funding Shortfall

September 8, 2014

Claiming that state lawmakers have underfunded education by $1.5 billion since 2009, 14  Mississippi school districts sued the state last week. A former governor, Ronnie Musgrove, is the attorney for the plaintiff school districts. The core legal issue behind this case is the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), a 1997 formula that determines funding levels […]

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Report Analyzes Georgia Underfunding

September 8, 2014

Cuts in state aid to public school have totaled $8.4 billion in recent years according to 2014 Schoolhouse Squeeze, a report recently issued by the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute.  In inflation-adjusted dollars, this has amounted to a 12% reduction between 2002-2015. Local funding, which provides 41% of school district revenues,  has not been able […]

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New York Plaintiffs Ask For Immediate $1 Billion

July 10, 2014

Claiming that a statute that allows the state to deduct over $ 1 billion from amounts that the state funding formula calculates to be due to school districts is “unconstitutional on its face,” the plaintiffs in NYSER v. State of New York filed a motion for a preliminary injunction late last month that asks the […]

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Colorado Plaintiffs Seek Elimination of “Negative Factor”

July 10, 2014

Mounting a challenge to a legislative mechanism similar to New York’s “Gap Elimination Adjustment,” a group of parents, school districts and  statewide organizations filed suit in Denver District Court on June 26, 2014, arguing that Colorado’s so-called “negative factor” a device used by the legislature to reduce annual K-12 spending, is unconstitutional. Dwyer vs. State […]

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