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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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New Mexico Court Denies State Motion To Dismiss

November 3, 2014

In late October, a New Mexico state court judge denied the state’s motion to dismiss an action filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) challenging New Mexico’s failure to provide its schoolchildren with adequate educational funding.  MALDEF had filed the suit in April on behalf of economically disadvantaged, special education and […]

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New Study Calls on States to Make Restoring School Funding Levels a Top Priority

November 3, 2014

For most states’ education budgets, the effects of the Great Recession are still detrimentally affecting school funding.  A report released on October 16, 2014, found that sixty percent of the 47 states included in its survey were providing less per-student aid for education today than they did in 2007-2008 (the “Report”).  The Report was released […]

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Washington Supreme Courts Holds State In Contempt

September 24, 2014

Responding to a series of legislative failures to comply with its remedial orders to properly fund public education, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously on September 11, 2014 that the State of Washington is in “contempt of court.” McCleary v. State contempt decision. It further decreed that “If by adjournment of the 2015 legislative session, […]

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Upstate NY Charter Schools Seek Facilities Funding

September 24, 2014

In an apparent response to the passage of legislation last spring that provided space in public school buildings or subsidized rent to charter schools in New York City, the families of seven students who attend the Northeast Charter Schools Network (“NECSN”) schools in Buffalo and Rochester, along with NECSN itself, initiated a lawsuit against the […]

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