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Lawsuit Claims That Los Angeles is Misallocating Funds Due to High Needs Students

July 21, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is using improper financial practices in implementing the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula, according to the allegations in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP. The plaintiffs, the Community Coalition, South Los Angeles and LA […]

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Mississippi Not Obligated To Fully Fund Education, Judge Rules

July 21, 2015

Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) , a 1997 formula that determines funding levels for all school districts. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary ruled last week.  Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove  brought the suit last year on behalf of 21 school districts; they sought  more than $240 […]

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Kansas Judges Invalidate Reductions in State Funding

July 21, 2015

Late last month, a three-judge state court panel issued a temporary restraining order that struck down key provisions of the state’s new school funding formula , holding that the new system was unconstitutional.  The statutory changes had been initiated by Gov. Sam Brownback to help balance his budget by reducing school outlays by about $54 […]

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Arizona Supreme Court Declines to Hear Charter School Parents’ Request for More Money

July 21, 2015

The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court’s ruling that the statutory funding scheme for charter schools violates that state’s constitution.  The case, Craven v. Huppenthal, was filed by a group of parents of charter school students who complained that the state provides less funding to charter schools than it does to […]

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Louisiana Judge Says State Owes School Districts $137 Million

July 21, 2015

District Judge Janice Clark held this week that Louisiana owes the state’s school districts $137 milliion because of a failure to fully fund the state’s minimum foundation program in 2013-2014. In May 2013 the Louisiana Supreme Court had held that a wide-ranging school voucher program that the legislature had enacted was unconstitutional because “once funds […]

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NY Plaintiffs File Summary Judgment Motion

June 4, 2015

Alleging that since the 2008 Recession, New York State has failed to implement the funding reforms it adopted in response to the CFE litigation, plaintiffs in NYSER v. State of New York this week filed a motion asking State Supreme Justice Manuel J. Mendez to by-pass lengthy trial proceedings and declare that the state’s continuing […]

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Wealthy District’s Attempt to Invalidate Kansas’ Property Tax Cap

June 4, 2015

In a lengthy decision that emphasized that “equity in education” is “obviously a legitimate governmental interest,” the United State Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit earlier this week upheld the District Court’s denial of a preliminary injunction against the state’s cap on the amount of property tax revenues that a local school district can raise. […]

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NY Judge Allows Charter School Funding Case to Proceed to Trial

June 4, 2015

New York State Supreme Court Justice Donna M. Siwek last week denied the state’s motion to dismiss a suit filed by charter school parents in Buffalo and Rochester who claim that the state’s failure to provide facilities funding for their schools denies them the opportunity for a sound basic education and the equal protection of […]

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Pennsylvania Courts Continue to Shy Away from Adequacy and Equity Cases

June 4, 2015

In November 2014, a coalition of six school districts, parents, an association of rural and small districts, and the Pennsylvania state conference of the NAACP filed suit in William Penn School District v. Pennsylvania Department of Education, alleging that the state’s funding scheme violated the equal protection and education clauses of the Pennsylvania constitution.  Aware of prior […]

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Review of Post-Recession Education Adequacy Rulings Indicates that Courts Are Reluctant to Establish New Rights but Will Broadly Enforce Existing Ones

April 15, 2015

Updating Courts and Kids, his 2009 book that provides an overview of education adequacy litigations throughout the country, Michael A. Rebell, the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and the National Access Network at Teachers College, Columbia University, has issued a supplement that reviewed the 27 decisions issued by state courts since the 2008 […]

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