NEWS FROM THE ACCESS NETWORK

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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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Wealthy District’s Attempt to Invalidate Kansas’ Property Tax Cap

June 4, 2015

In a lengthy decision that emphasized that “equity in education” is “obviously a legitimate governmental interest,” the United State Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit earlier this week upheld the District Court’s denial of a preliminary injunction against the state’s cap on the amount of property tax revenues that a local school district can raise. […]

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NY Judge Allows Charter School Funding Case to Proceed to Trial

June 4, 2015

New York State Supreme Court Justice Donna M. Siwek last week denied the state’s motion to dismiss a suit filed by charter school parents in Buffalo and Rochester who claim that the state’s failure to provide facilities funding for their schools denies them the opportunity for a sound basic education and the equal protection of […]

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Pennsylvania Courts Continue to Shy Away from Adequacy and Equity Cases

June 4, 2015

In November 2014, a coalition of six school districts, parents, an association of rural and small districts, and the Pennsylvania state conference of the NAACP filed suit in William Penn School District v. Pennsylvania Department of Education, alleging that the state’s funding scheme violated the equal protection and education clauses of the Pennsylvania constitution.  Aware of prior […]

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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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