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CHICAGO BOARD OF EDUCATION CHARGES ILLINOIS FUNDING SYSTEM IS RACIALLY DISCRIMINATORY

February 23, 2017

The Chicago Board of Education and five individual parents charged Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois State Board of Education and other state defendants with operating a racially discriminatory state education funding system in a complaint filed last week in the Chancery Division of the state circuit court. The suit claims that last year the […]

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CHICAGO URBAN LEAGUE SETTLES LONG-PENDING LITIGATION

February 23, 2017

Less than 10 days after the Chicago Board of Education filed its lawsuit, the Chicago Urban League settled a case based on similar legal claims with the Illinois State Board of Education. The Urban League settlement is not binding on the Chicago Board of Education and has no legal bearing on the city’s recently filed […]

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NY COURT OF APPEALS SCHEDULES HEARING ON NYSER APPEAL

February 23, 2017

Responding to plaintiffs’ requests to schedule oral arguments on an expedited basis so that a decision might be issued before the start of the next school year, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has now established a rapid timetable for the submission of briefs and has scheduled oral argument for the week of […]

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NJ SUPREME COURT REBUFFS GOV. CHRISTIE

February 23, 2017

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s motion to have the state supreme court freeze state aid at current levels while the state considers a new approach to state aid and to grant the Commissioner of Education unlimited authority to over-ride terms of teacher collective bargaining agreements and teacher seniority layoff laws was denied in a unanimous […]

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REPORT DETAILS CONTINUING INEQUITIES IN EDUCATIONAL FUNDING

January 31, 2017

The latest edition of “Is School Funding Fair, A National Report Card, ” published annually since 2008, was released last week by the Education Law Center. Based on census data from 2014, this report goes beyond raw per-pupil calculations to evaluate whether states are making sufficient investments in public education and distributing funding relative to need, […]

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IOWA PARENTS FILE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAIM

January 31, 2017

Last month, a number of parents in Davenport, Iowa, filed a complaint against the governor, the legislature, and the state department of education alleging that the state’s education finance system discriminates against their students in violation of the equal protection clause of the state constitution. Woods v. State of Iowa. The plaintiffs also seek class […]

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NATIVE AMERICANS SUE FEDERAL GOV’T FOR INADEQUATE SCHOOLS

January 31, 2017

In a blistering complaint that recites a long and continuing history of the neglect of schools for native American children, nine students of the Havasupai tribe in Arizona and the Native American Disability Law Center filed suit earlier this month in the federal district court in Arizona against the federal Bureau of Indian Education, the […]

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NY JUDGE ORDERS STATE TO CONTINUE FUNDING IMPROVING SCHOOLS

January 31, 2017

An attempt by New York State’s Division of the Budget to deny funding to nine schools that had originally been designated as “persistently failing” but then improved sufficiently to be taken off the list of schools with that designation, was invalidated last month by Justice Kimberly O’Connor of the State Supreme Court, Albany Count. Cortes […]

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23 STATES ARE NOW PROVIDING LESS EDUCATION FUNDING THAN IN 2008

October 24, 2016

A recent survey of 47 states where data was available by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities revealed that in inflation-adjusted terms, 23 states are spending less on education during the current school year than they did in 2008, the last year before the recession. Eight states have cut general funding per student by about […]

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LONG-PENDING ILLINOIS EQUITY CASE IS NOW ON A FAST TRACK

October 24, 2016

Eight years ago, the Chicago Urban League filed a case against the State of Illinois that that asked the state courts to declare the state’s school funding scheme is unconstitutional (Chicago Urban League v. State of Illinois). Plaintiffs claimed that the state’s education finance system violates the education provision of the state constitution which guarantees all […]

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