NEWS FROM THE ACCESS NETWORK

Kansas Judges Again Rule That The State Funding System Is Unconstitutional

January 6, 2015

A three-judge District Court panel in Kansas recently held that it was a “clear fact that constitutional inadequacy from any rational measure or perspective clearly has existed and still exists in the State’s approach to funding the K-12 school system.”  The ruling, issued on December 30, 2014 is consistent with the panel’s prior ruling in […]

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Crying Broke, Arizona Legislature Attempts To Block Increased School Funding

January 6, 2015

Last summer, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper issued an order requiring the Arizona State Legislature to immediately increase current funding for all schools districts to levels consistent with inflation, as required by Proposition 30. At the heart of the case lies the right of voters to order their state legislature to adequately fund […]

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Alaska Local Education Funding Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional

January 6, 2015

Relying on a unique state constitutional provision that prohibits using any specific state tax for a particular “dedicated” purpose, a Superior Court judge in Alaska ruled last month that a state mandate requiring local municipalities to make education funding payments directly to their respective school districts violated the state constitution. Early in 2014, Ketchikan Gateway […]

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Rural New Jersey Districts Revive Funding Litigation

January 6, 2015

On December 11, a judge from the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division – Mercer County heard oral arguments in the long-pending challenge to New Jersey’s statewide school funding system  by  16 poor, rural New Jersey school districts. The rural school districts and a coalition of parents had originally brought suit challenging New Jersey’s […]

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South Carolina Supreme Court Finds For Plaintiffs After Long Delay

November 21, 2014

More than six years after oral argument had been held regarding the lower court’s decision based on a trial that concluded in 2004, the South Carolina Supreme Court last week upheld that part of the trial court’s decision that mandated early childhood education for students from poverty backgrounds; it also substantially modified in plaintiffs’ favor […]

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New York Plaintiffs Prevail On Motion To Dismiss

November 21, 2014

Rejecting the state’s attempt to dismiss a major litigation seeking to enforce the funding and other constitutional mandates established in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York litigation (“CFE”), Justice Manuel J. Mendez of the New York State Supreme Court, New York County, issued an order this week that upholds the right […]

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Pennsylvania Plaintiffs File Major New Adequacy and Equity Case

November 21, 2014

On the heels of the election ousting Republican incumbent Tom Corbett in favor of his challenger, Democrat Tom Wolf, for Pennsylvania governor, a coalition of six school districts, parents, an association of rural and small school districts, and the Pennsylvania state conference of the NAACP have filed suit against the state challenging its “irrational and […]

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New Study Documents Post-Recession Decline in Funding Equity

November 21, 2014

A recent study published in the Education Policy Analysis Archives found that the Great Recession had – and continues to have – an unprecedented negative effect on state school finance systems.  The study, authored by Bruce D. Baker, a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, looks at school district data from […]

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California Court Enjoins “Shocking” Deprivation of Educational Opportunity

November 3, 2014

A California Superior Court judge recently ruled that plaintiffs from a single high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (“LAUSD”) would suffer irreparable harm if the State of California did not immediately meet with the LAUSD superintendent to devise a plan to address the school’s “shocking, unprecedented, and unacceptable” deprivations of educational opportunity.  […]

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New York Tax Cap Challengers Lose First Round

November 3, 2014

The state teachers union and other plaintiffs challenging a state property tax cap enacted in 2011 by Governor Cuomo and  the New York state  legislature suffered a set-back in September when a state supreme court judge granted the state’s motion to dismiss the claim. The trial court Judge Patrick McGrath , did, however, leave the […]

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