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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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CALIFORNIA INTERMEDIATE APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS DISMISSAL OF ADEQUACY CLAIMS

June 1, 2016

Finding no support for an implied constitutional right to an education of “some quality” in Article IX of the State Constitution, the California Court of Appeals for the First Appellate District recently upheld the trial court’s dismissal of the adequacy claims brought by a broad coalition of parents, students, teachers, school boards and education advocacy […]

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TEXAS SUPREME COURT REVERSES ADEQUACY RULING

June 1, 2016

Issuing its seventh ruling since 1989 on the constitutionality of the state’s education finance system, the Texas Supreme Court late last month unanimously reversed a strongly-worded lower court decision that had held that the system “does not provide for the constitutionally mandated “general diffusion of knowledge.’”  The high court’s ruling, Morath v. The Texas Taxpayer […]

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FLORIDA JUDGE RULES FOR STATE IN ADEQUACY LITIGATION

June 1, 2016

Finding that the plaintiffs did not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt,” that Florida’s education finance system is not “rationally related” to a system that allows students to obtain a high-quality education, Judge George S. Reynolds of the State Circuit Court for Leon County, held last week that the system does not violate Art.IX of the […]

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MAJOR COURT RULINGS EXPECTED SOON

April 20, 2016

Major education adequacy rulings are expected to be issued over the next few months by courts throughout the country. These include: California: The decision in the long-pending consolidated cases of Coalition for Quality Education v. California and Robles-Wong v. California, which were argued in January, is expected to be handed down by the California Court of Appeals […]

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OKLAHOMA SCHOOL DISTRICTS SUE ON FUNDING FORMULA ERROR

April 20, 2016

Forty-eight Oklahoma school districts sued the state superintendent, the state tax commission  and the state treasurer at the end of last month in order to recover millions of dollars in state aid that they say was wrongly apportioned  for the past 22 years. They are asking the state education department to recover “excessive’ funds that […]

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KANSAS LEGISLATURE RESPONDS TO COURT ORDER

April 20, 2016

In an attempt to comply with the Kansas Supreme Court’s order that it cure its current constitutional violations and provide equitable levels of funding to the plaintiff school districts by June 30, 2016, the state Legislature earlier this month enacted a bill that will redistribute $83 million of state aid to local school districts for […]

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CALIFORNIA APPEALS COURT REVERSES VERGARA

April 20, 2016

A three-judge intermediate appeals court last week unanimously overruled the controversial decision in Vergara v. State of California that had declared California’s teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority-order layoff statutes to be unconstitutional. Last year, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Rolf M. Treu had declared these statutes to be unconstitutional “on their face” because they deny […]

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New Report Documents State Funding Manipulations in Virginia

January 28, 2016

According to a new think tank report, Virginia has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state education funding during the recession and for all the years since by unrealistically adjusting the formulas used to determine how much money school districts receive. The report, issued by the Virginia Commonwealth Institute, estimates that Virginia schools are […]

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