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New York Plaintiffs Ask For Immediate $1 Billion

July 10, 2014

Claiming that a statute that allows the state to deduct over $ 1 billion from amounts that the state funding formula calculates to be due to school districts is “unconstitutional on its face,” the plaintiffs in NYSER v. State of New York filed a motion for a preliminary injunction late last month that asks the […]

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Colorado Plaintiffs Seek Elimination of “Negative Factor”

July 10, 2014

Mounting a challenge to a legislative mechanism similar to New York’s “Gap Elimination Adjustment,” a group of parents, school districts and  statewide organizations filed suit in Denver District Court on June 26, 2014, arguing that Colorado’s so-called “negative factor” a device used by the legislature to reduce annual K-12 spending, is unconstitutional. Dwyer vs. State […]

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Rebell Commentary: Vergara Copy Cat Suit Will Not Succeed (New York Daily News Op-Ed July 7, 2014)

July 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, a judge in California struck down the state’s teacher tenure and seniority-order layoff laws. Even though the ruling has not yet been reviewed by the California Supreme Court — which may well reverse it — there already is a strong copycat effect, as groups in a number of states, including New […]

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Two New Reports Highlight Causes of Funding Inequity and Educational Inefficiency

July 10, 2014

Two reports examining the relationship between school districts’ financial standing and educational inequities were released this week by the Center on American Progress. The first is the updated 2014 version of Ulrich Boser’s earlier report, “Return on Educational Investment: 2011. Like its predecessor, the 2014 report uses the same metrics: 2010-2011 school year spending data (being […]

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Washington Supreme Court Issues Order to Show Cause Regarding the State’s Non-Compliance

June 17, 2014

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court ordered the state to appear in court on September 3 to show why it should not be held in contempt for failing to comply with the Court’s prior orders that require the state to make sufficient progress each year to eliminate constitutional deficiencies in its education funding system by […]

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California Court Strikes Down Tenure and LIFO Laws

June 17, 2014

Breaking new ground regarding the role of the courts in educational-policy issues, a Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles ruled last week that the state’s tenure, teacher dismissal and seniority-order layoff statutes are unconstitutional under the state’s equal protection clause. Vergara v. State of California. If upheld by the California Supreme Court, this decision could […]

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Another California Case also Seeks to Involve the Courts in Educational Quality Issues

June 17, 2014

Two weeks before the Vergara  decision was issued, a case that challenges from a different angle state policies regarding the quality of education for low income students was filed in the Superior Court, Alameda County. In Cruz v. State of California, poor students of color from seven public schools claim that they are being denied an […]

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Small Schools Claim Discrimination in Athletics

June 17, 2014

The allocation of funds for New York City public school sports teams is inequitable, according to a complaint filed by the Small Schools Athletic League with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The complaint charges that the New York City Department of Education is violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act […]

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Major New Study Confirms that Money Matters

June 17, 2014

Court orders requiring states to reform their educational finance systems play a significant role in increasing school funding levels for low-income students; these cases also increase these pupils’ opportunities for high school graduation and adequate wages during adulthood, according to a new study published by  the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). The study, by […]

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Again Denies Plaintiffs Relief in Adequacy Litigation

May 29, 2014

Although the Rhode Island Supreme Court agreed that “the factual allegations in plaintiffs’ complaint make a strong case to suggest that the current funding system is not beneficial to students in Pawtucket and Woonsocket,” it nevertheless upheld the trial court’s decision to dismiss the case. Woonsocket Sch. Comm v. Chafee. The Court’s decision essentially re-iterated […]

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