NEWS FROM THE ACCESS NETWORK

Review of Post-Recession Education Adequacy Rulings Indicates that Courts Are Reluctant to Establish New Rights but Will Broadly Enforce Existing Ones

April 15, 2015

Updating Courts and Kids, his 2009 book that provides an overview of education adequacy litigations throughout the country, Michael A. Rebell, the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and the National Access Network at Teachers College, Columbia University, has issued a supplement that reviewed the 27 decisions issued by state courts since the 2008 […]

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Tennessee Is Sued For the Fourth Time over Chronic Underfunding of Education

April 15, 2015

After meeting to discuss budget concerns with representatives from four of the state’s largest school districts the day before, on March 24, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam found himself,  and the state legislature, the commissioner of education and board of education, named  as defendants in a suit attacking the state’s failure to adequately and equitably fund […]

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Mississippi Mother Vindicated in Challenge to Legislative Ballot Initiative

April 15, 2015

Last summer, a Mississippi advocacy group, 42 For Better Schools succeeded in getting enough signatures to place on the November ballot an initiative that will ask voters “[s]hould the state be required to provide for the support of an adequate and efficient system of public schools?” and should state courts be given the power to […]

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Report Finds “Devastatingly Large” Funding Inequities Nationwide

April 15, 2015

In March 2015, the Education Trust, a non-profit advocacy organization, released its recent findings on inequities in school funding.  The report, entitled “Funding Gaps 2015,” builds on previous research establishing a relationship between school funding levels and student demographics. Using the most recently available school year data from 2012, the report concludes that, across the […]

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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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