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New Hampshire District Sues State on Funding Cap

August 25, 2015

The State of New Hampshire is again being sued for failing to adequately fund its public education system – this time by the city of Dover. On August 20, lawyers for the city of Dover lodged a complaint in Strafford County Superior Court seeking to have a state statutory funding cap declared unconstitutional and about […]

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Mississippi Supreme Court Puts Legislature’s Version of Initiative Back on the Ballot

August 25, 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 enforce this […]

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Review Philadelphia Funding Decision

August 25, 2015

Pennsylvania’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) from a lower court ruling that had prohibited it from unilaterally canceling its teachers contract. Since 2001, the Philadelphia school district has been in “financial distress” as determined by the state’s Secretary of Education and has been operating under […]

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Washington Supreme Court Imposes Monetary Fines on Recalcitrant Legislature

August 25, 2015

Last fall, the Washington Supreme Court, responding to a series of legislative failures to comply with its remedial orders to properly fund public education, held the State of Washington in “contempt of court,”  and further decreed that if the Legislature did not purge the contempt by the end of the 2015 legislative session, the court […]

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Lawsuit Claims That Los Angeles is Misallocating Funds Due to High Needs Students

July 21, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is using improper financial practices in implementing the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula, according to the allegations in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP. The plaintiffs, the Community Coalition, South Los Angeles and LA […]

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Mississippi Not Obligated To Fully Fund Education, Judge Rules

July 21, 2015

Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) , a 1997 formula that determines funding levels for all school districts. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary ruled last week.  Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove  brought the suit last year on behalf of 21 school districts; they sought  more than $240 […]

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Kansas Judges Invalidate Reductions in State Funding

July 21, 2015

Late last month, a three-judge state court panel issued a temporary restraining order that struck down key provisions of the state’s new school funding formula , holding that the new system was unconstitutional.  The statutory changes had been initiated by Gov. Sam Brownback to help balance his budget by reducing school outlays by about $54 […]

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Arizona Supreme Court Declines to Hear Charter School Parents’ Request for More Money

July 21, 2015

The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court’s ruling that the statutory funding scheme for charter schools violates that state’s constitution.  The case, Craven v. Huppenthal, was filed by a group of parents of charter school students who complained that the state provides less funding to charter schools than it does to […]

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Louisiana Judge Says State Owes School Districts $137 Million

July 21, 2015

District Judge Janice Clark held this week that Louisiana owes the state’s school districts $137 milliion because of a failure to fully fund the state’s minimum foundation program in 2013-2014. In May 2013 the Louisiana Supreme Court had held that a wide-ranging school voucher program that the legislature had enacted was unconstitutional because “once funds […]

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NY Plaintiffs File Summary Judgment Motion

June 4, 2015

Alleging that since the 2008 Recession, New York State has failed to implement the funding reforms it adopted in response to the CFE litigation, plaintiffs in NYSER v. State of New York this week filed a motion asking State Supreme Justice Manuel J. Mendez to by-pass lengthy trial proceedings and declare that the state’s continuing […]

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