NEWS FROM THE ACCESS NETWORK

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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Nevada Judge Enjoins State Voucher Funding Law

January 28, 2016

Holding that the state constitution prohibits the transfer of funds appropriated for the public schools to any other purpose, Judge James Wilson of the First Judicial District Court of Nevada (Carson City) issued a preliminary injunction earlier last month in  Lopez v. Schwartz that prohibits  the state from implementing its recently-enacted school voucher law (SB 302). […]

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Parents Ask Court to Order NY Education Department to Act on School District Management

January 28, 2016

Invoking students’ constitutional right to the opportunity for a sound basic education, parents in the East Ramapo school district in New York State filed a petition in the State Supreme Court, Albany County asking the Court to order the State Board of Regents and the State Education Commissioner to take immediate action to implement recommendations […]

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Pennsylvania School Districts Sue State Over Long-Delayed Funding

January 28, 2016

Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget impasse – and failure to fund its schools – has resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the state alleging that it has violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, and Article III, Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.  The case, The […]

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Possible Snag in Arizona Settlement

December 15, 2015

Last month, Arizona’s governor and legislature attempted to settle the five-year-old Cave Creek lawsuit by agreeing to spend an additional $3.5 billion on education over the next decade.  About 60 percent of this money would come from increased withdrawals from the state’s permanent land trust fund, and the rest from the general fund. Cave Creek Unified […]

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California Appeals Court Sets Date for Argument in Long-Pending Adequacy Cases

December 15, 2015

Three and a half years after the briefs were filed, the California Court of Appeals for the First Appellate District has finally set January 27, 2016 as the date for oral argument in  two related adequacy cases, Coalition for Quality Education v. California and Robles-Wong v. California. Plaintiffs in these cases are arguing that even with recent […]

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Florida Plaintiffs Suffer Partial Set-back, But Case Moves Forward

December 15, 2015

Circuit Judge George Reynolds last week rejected attempts by plaintiffs in Citizens for Strong Schools, Inc. v. Florida State Board of Education, to shut down two state-created programs that use state funds to send children to private schools. One of the programs provides private school tuition to children with disabilities while the other provides state vouchers […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Affluent Kansas Parents’ Claim

December 15, 2015

The United States Supreme Court has declined to review a claim by a group of Kansas parents who argue that local municipalities have a federal constitutional right to tax themselves at any rate they please to fund education. In practical terms, this means that the parents failed to persuade at least four of the Supreme […]

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Most States Continue to Underfund Education

December 15, 2015

Six years after the 2008 recession, at least 31 states are still providing less state per student funding than in the 2008 school year, before the recession took hold. In at least 15 states, the cuts still exceed 10 per cent as of the end of the 2014 school year. The worst states in this […]

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Pennsylvania Impasse Denies Districts Funds for Four Months

November 5, 2015

Because the Pennsylvania state legislature has not passed a budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2015, school districts throughout the state have now gone more than four months without receiving state aid appropriations. As a consequence, more than two dozen school districts across the state have have borrowed over $430 million […]

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