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S.CAROLINA PLAINTIFFS REJECT LEGISLATURE’S COMPLIANCE REPORT

August 23, 2016

In November 2014, the S. Carolina Supreme Court held that the state’s education finance system violated the state constitution. Abbeville v. the State of South Carolina, 767 S.E.2d 157 (S.C. 2014.) The parties were directed to reappear before the Court “within a reasonable time” to present a plan to address the constitutional violations, and the Court […]

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CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO HEAR MAJOR ADEQUACY CASES

August 23, 2016

California’s highest court yesterday declined to review the decisions of two lower courts that had ruled that although education is a “fundamental right” under the state constitution, there was “no explicit textual basis from which a constitutional right to a public school education of a particular quality may be discerned.”  Plaintiffs in these two related […]

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CALIFORNIA COURT ALSO REFUSES TO HEAR VERGARA APPEAL

August 23, 2016

By  a similar 4-3 vote, with the same three justices dissenting ( Chin, Lui and Cuellar), the California Supreme Court also decided yesterday not to hear the appeal of the California Court of Appeal’s denial of relief to the plaintiffs in Vergara v. State of California. That case had gone to trial. The trial judge […]

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W.VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARDS SUE STATE OVER FUNDING MISCALCULATIONS

August 23, 2016

Last September, West Virginia’s Legislative Auditor’s Office issued a report alleging that the West Virginia Department of Education had been miscalculating school system appropriations for seven years, underfunding 36 counties by a total of $51.7 million and overfunding 19 by $21.6 million. Last week, four school boards and a group of parents and students filed […]

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KANSAS LEGISLATURE MEETS COURT’S COMPLIANCE DEADLINE

July 28, 2016

Responding to the state Supreme Court’s firm insistence that the state comply with the June 30, 2016 deadline it had established for providing additional funding to low-wealth school districts in Gannon v. State, the Kansas legislature, meeting in special session, passed a bill that restored $38 million in funding for the affected districts. The bill […]

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WASHINGTON STATE SUP’T FILES NEW FUNDING LAWSUIT

July 28, 2016

Acting on his frustration over the state legislature’s slow pace of compliance with the state Supreme Court’s 2012 order in McCleary v. State, Randy Dorn, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, last week filed a lawsuit that apparently is intended to force the legislature’s hand by the beginning of the next school year. The complaint […]

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WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT ORDERS HEARING ON STATE’S COMPLIANCE

July 28, 2016

Four years ago, the Washington Supreme Court held that the state’s education finance system was unconstitutional; it gave the legislature until 2018 to phase-in a comprehensive remedy and ordered the legislature to file annual reports on its progress toward that goal. After finding that recent reports had failed to provide “a complete plan” for fully […]

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MISSISSIPPI PARENTS CLAIM PUBLIC FUNDING OF CHARTER SCHOOLS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

July 28, 2016

A group of Jackson, Mississippi parents, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, recently filed a challenge in Chancery Court, Hinds County, to the Mississippi Charter School Act. (Araujo v. Bryant) The plaintiffs claim that the state constitution forbids the legislature from appropriating public funds to any school that is not a “free school” and […]

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KANSAS SUPREME COURT REJECTS LEGISLATIVE COMPLIANCE PLAN

June 1, 2016

In a lengthy opinion issued last week, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously held that the state’s latest effort to cure constitutional violations in its education funding system was not sufficient to fully satisfy constitutional requirements. Gannon v. State of Kansas. In February 2016, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld those aspects of a lower court decision that had […]

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WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE REPORT PROMISES COMPLIANCE

June 1, 2016

In a 2012 decision, the Washington Supreme Court held that the state’s education finance system was unconstitutional; it gave the legislature until 2018 to phase-in a comprehensive remedy and ordered the legislature to file annual reports on its progress toward that goal. After finding that recent reports had failed to provide “a complete plan” for […]

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