NEWS FROM THE ACCESS NETWORK

MAJOR COURT RULINGS EXPECTED SOON

April 20, 2016

Major education adequacy rulings are expected to be issued over the next few months by courts throughout the country. These include: California: The decision in the long-pending consolidated cases of Coalition for Quality Education v. California and Robles-Wong v. California, which were argued in January, is expected to be handed down by the California Court of Appeals […]

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OKLAHOMA SCHOOL DISTRICTS SUE ON FUNDING FORMULA ERROR

April 20, 2016

Forty-eight Oklahoma school districts sued the state superintendent, the state tax commission  and the state treasurer at the end of last month in order to recover millions of dollars in state aid that they say was wrongly apportioned  for the past 22 years. They are asking the state education department to recover “excessive’ funds that […]

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KANSAS LEGISLATURE RESPONDS TO COURT ORDER

April 20, 2016

In an attempt to comply with the Kansas Supreme Court’s order that it cure its current constitutional violations and provide equitable levels of funding to the plaintiff school districts by June 30, 2016, the state Legislature earlier this month enacted a bill that will redistribute $83 million of state aid to local school districts for […]

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CALIFORNIA APPEALS COURT REVERSES VERGARA

April 20, 2016

A three-judge intermediate appeals court last week unanimously overruled the controversial decision in Vergara v. State of California that had declared California’s teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority-order layoff statutes to be unconstitutional. Last year, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Rolf M. Treu had declared these statutes to be unconstitutional “on their face” because they deny […]

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New Report Documents State Funding Manipulations in Virginia

January 28, 2016

According to a new think tank report, Virginia has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state education funding during the recession and for all the years since by unrealistically adjusting the formulas used to determine how much money school districts receive. The report, issued by the Virginia Commonwealth Institute, estimates that Virginia schools are […]

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Nevada Judge Enjoins State Voucher Funding Law

January 28, 2016

Holding that the state constitution prohibits the transfer of funds appropriated for the public schools to any other purpose, Judge James Wilson of the First Judicial District Court of Nevada (Carson City) issued a preliminary injunction earlier last month in  Lopez v. Schwartz that prohibits  the state from implementing its recently-enacted school voucher law (SB 302). […]

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Parents Ask Court to Order NY Education Department to Act on School District Management

January 28, 2016

Invoking students’ constitutional right to the opportunity for a sound basic education, parents in the East Ramapo school district in New York State filed a petition in the State Supreme Court, Albany County asking the Court to order the State Board of Regents and the State Education Commissioner to take immediate action to implement recommendations […]

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Pennsylvania School Districts Sue State Over Long-Delayed Funding

January 28, 2016

Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget impasse – and failure to fund its schools – has resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the state alleging that it has violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, and Article III, Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.  The case, The […]

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Possible Snag in Arizona Settlement

December 15, 2015

Last month, Arizona’s governor and legislature attempted to settle the five-year-old Cave Creek lawsuit by agreeing to spend an additional $3.5 billion on education over the next decade.  About 60 percent of this money would come from increased withdrawals from the state’s permanent land trust fund, and the rest from the general fund. Cave Creek Unified […]

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California Appeals Court Sets Date for Argument in Long-Pending Adequacy Cases

December 15, 2015

Three and a half years after the briefs were filed, the California Court of Appeals for the First Appellate District has finally set January 27, 2016 as the date for oral argument in  two related adequacy cases, Coalition for Quality Education v. California and Robles-Wong v. California. Plaintiffs in these cases are arguing that even with recent […]

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