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Two New Adequacy Litigations Filed in New Mexico

April 9, 2014

Two separate groups of parents of educationally disadvantaged, Latino and Native American students have in the last month filed wide-ranging education adequacy litigations against the State of New Mexico, and its Public Education Department. The suits charge that New Mexico is denying their children the “uniform and sufficient education” guaranteed by Art XII §1 of […]

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Abbott v. Burke, Round 22, Filed in N.J. Supreme Court

April 9, 2014

Governor Chris Christie’s alleged failure to follow funding procedures previously mandated by the New Jersey Supreme Court has caused the plaintiffs in New Jersey’s long-pending school funding litigation, Abbott v. Burke, to once again ask the Court for relief. In Abbott XX, issued in 2009, the Court had upheld the constitutionality of the new state […]

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Kansas Legislature Complies with Court Order

April 9, 2014

Kansas lawmakers voted to increase education funding to the state’s poorer school districts, thus complying with a State Supreme Court ruling last month that directed the legislature to provide these districts $120 million that they were due under a statutory scheme that awards funds to supplement the amounts raised by school districts that have adopted […]

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Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in NY Penalty Case

April 9, 2014

The challenge to the imposition of a $290 million penalty against New York City’s school children brought last year by 11 parents and Robert Jackson, former chair of the City Council’s education committee, is alive and well. Yesterday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez denied the state’s motion to dismiss the case, Aristy-Farer […]

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Mississippi Group Proposes Initiative to Guarantee Adequate School Funding

April 9, 2014

A Mississippi education advocacy group has launched a campaign to amend the state constitution to establish adequate education funding as a constitutional mandate. The advocacy group, Better Schools, Better Jobs, seeks to place the school funding initiative on the ballot in 2015. The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) is a 1997 formula that determines funding […]

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Kansas Supreme Court Toughens Adequacy Standard but Sends Case Back to Lower Court for Further Proceedings

March 11, 2014

In a unanimous 110 page decision that avoided an immediate confrontation with the legislature, the Kansas Supreme Court last week expressly adopted the demanding standards for an adequate education originally adopted by the Kentucky Supreme Court in Rose v Council for Better Education, and then remanded the case to the District Court to reconsider under […]

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N. Carolina Judge Bans Voucher Program

March 11, 2014

Finding that an “opportunity scholarship” program enacted by the legislature in 2013 would reduce funding for public education by about $12 million, a civil superior court judge in Wake County, North Carolina recently issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the state from implementing the challenged legislation. Hart v. State of North Carolina.  Under the challenged program, […]

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Texas Trial Concludes; Decision Expected Shortly

March 11, 2014

The extensive trial regarding the constitutionality of Texas’ education finance system has now concluded. Judge John Dietz indicated that he will issue a decision this month, and his decision is expected to be appealed promptly to the Texas Supreme Court by whichever party does not prevail. The case commenced in 2011 after the legislature cut […]

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New Study Finds that Money Matters

March 11, 2014

A strong correlation exists between state education funding and student success, according to a recent investigation by the Boston Consulting Group. The three researchers who led the study concluded that the level of aid state governments allocate per pupil and how they spend it impacts achievement, especially for low-income students. The group investigated the connection […]

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Michael Rebell Files Major New Advocacy Case in New York State

February 12, 2014

Fifteen parents from throughout New York State, along with a coalition of statewide education groups, filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the state’s public school students, charging that the state is neglecting its constitutional obligation to ensure that every school has sufficient funding to provide all students a meaningful educational opportunity. The suit, entitled New […]

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