Litigation News

Alabama

October 21, 2011: Alabama Judge Dismisses Lawsuit on Property-Tax System

March 28, 2011: Legal Updates: New Hampshire, California, Kansas, and Alabama

May 8, 2008: New Cases Filed in Iowa and Alabama Raise Innovative Adequacy and Equity Theories

May 31, 2002: Alabama Supreme Court Dismisses Funding Case It Previously Affirmed

January 12, 2002: Alabama Supreme Court Will Review 1993 Decision It Previously Affirmed

Alaska

October 20, 2011: Long Standing Alaska Facilities Case Finally Settled

September 29, 2008: Adequacy Trial in Alaska: The Remedy Phase

September 14, 2007: Litigation Update: South Carolina, New Hampshire, Alaska and Others

July 3, 2007: Litigation Update: Constitution Satisfied in AR, Mixed Ruling in AK, Suit Dropped in KY, NH Meets Court Deadline

October 13, 2006: Adequacy Trial Begins in Alaska, Oral Arguments in New York, Preliminary Hearing in Georgia

August 30, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Alaska, California, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma

March 1, 2006: Litigation Update: North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alaska, Other States

August 22, 2005: Alaska School Funding Lawsuit Moves Forward

August 11. 2004: Alaska Parents, Advocates, Educators File School Funding Lawsuit Against the State

March 30, 2004: Disabled Students in Alaska Sue State over High School Exit Exam

Arizona

July 10, 2013: Arizona Supreme Court Accepts Review of Funding Case

May 2, 2013: State Asks Arizona Supreme Court to OverturnSchool Funding Decision

February 11, 2013: Arizona Appeals Court Says State Education Funds Must Account for Inflation

September 15, 2009: Charter Advocates Challenge School Finance Systems in Arizona and North Carolina

July 1, 2009: U.S. Supreme Court Remands Arizona ELL Funding Case for Further Hearings; Rejects Claim that Federal Courts Lack Authority to Order State Legislatures to Increase Education Funding

April 9, 2009: Major ELL Funding Case Goes to U.S. Supreme Court

May 17, 2007: Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arizona Courts End School Funding Cases

April 5, 2007: Court Finds Arizona Under-Funds ELLs; Litigation in Missouri and Kentucky

December 12, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Arkansas, and Idaho

August 30, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Alaska, California, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma

February 28, 2006: Court-Ordered Fines Reach $20 Million in Arizona

December 30, 2005: Sanctions Against Arizona for Inaction on ELL Funding, Court Suspends High Stakes Tests for Students Denied Opportunity

January 28, 2005: Federal Court Orders More Funding for ELL Students in Arizona

December 14, 2004: Litigation Update: South Carolina, Missouri, and Arizona

September 26, 2003: Arizona School Funding Cases Move Forward

August 26, 2003: Arizona Intermediate Court Upholds Diversion of State’s School Facilities Funds

April 15, 2003: Arizona Court Denies State Petition for Appeal in “At-Risk” Case

October 29, 2002: Arizona Judge Orders State to Return Money Diverted from School Facilities

Arkansas

October 17, 2013:  Ark. S. Ct: State Has An Ongoing Obligation to Ensure an Adequate Education

December 19, 2012: Arkansas Supreme Court Issues Controversial Equity/Adequacy Ruling

December 5, 2011: Adequacy Compliance Issue Raised in Arkansas Appeal

July 3, 2007: Litigation Update: Constitution Satisfied in AR, Mixed Ruling in AK, Suit Dropped in KY, NH Meets Court Deadline

December 12, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Arkansas, and Idaho

April 13, 2006: Arkansas Increases Funding After Court Rules

December 16, 2005: Arkansas Supreme Court Declares Funding System Unconstitutional

October 7, 2005: Special Masters Urge State to “Regain the High Ground” in Arkansas

July 1, 2005: Litigation Update: Hearings in Georgia, Texas; Rulings in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; Supreme Court Reopens Case in Arkansas

April 21, 2005: Litigation Update: Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

April 7, 2004: Special Masters Report on Compliance in Arkansas, Offer Favorable Views on Early Childhood Education and Consolidation

March 30, 2004: Trials, Appeals, and Compliance Questions in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arkansas

February 13, 2004: Flurry of Legislative Activity in Arkansas After Court Names Special Masters

January 26, 2004: Arkansas Supreme Court To Use Special Master in School Funding Case

November 21, 2002: Arkansas Supreme Court Declares School Funding System Unconstitutional; State Must Prepare Adequacy Study and “Chart a New Course for Public Education”

January 31, 2002: Arkansas Public Interest Groups File Amicus Brief in Education Finance Case

California

December 10, 2013: California May Deny L.A. Funds for Needy Students

July 10, 2013: California Legislature Approves Reform Funding Legislation

May 2, 2013: California Advocates Claim Lack of Services to English Learners

January 17, 2013: Appeal Briefs Filed in California Adequacy Case

April 16, 2012: California County Sued for Misapplying School Property Taxes

March 26, 2012: California Court Rejects State’s Motion in Schools Fees Case

December 15, 2011: L.A. School District Sues to Save Bus Funding

December 5, 2011: California Fees Case Returns to Court

October 20, 2011: New Constitutional Challenge To Budget Cuts In California

August 2, 2011: California Court Rejects Innovative Equal Protection Theory

April 29, 2011: Legal Updates: California Plaintiffs Pursue Innovative Equal Protection Claim

March 28, 2011: Legal Updates: New Hampshire, California, Kansas, and Alamba

February 3, 2011: California Court Allows Broadly Framed Equity Claims to Continue; Status of Adequacy Allegations Remains Unclear

December 17, 2010: Litigation Round-Up: California, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, South Dakota and Washington

October 21, 2010: Federal Appeals Panel Holds that Alternative Certification Teacher Interns are not “Highly Qualified”

October 21, 2010: L.A. Settlement Partially Sets Aside Layoff Rules

September 20, 2010: ACLU Sues State of California for Charging Student Fees

July 14, 2010: Advocacy Organizations in California File Second School Funding Lawsuit

May 21, 2010: Court Enjoins Layoffs at Three Los Angeles Unified Schools, Upholding Students’ Right to Equal Educational Opportunity Despite State’s Budget Crisis

May 21, 2010: Two New Education Adequacy Cases in California

April 1, 2010: Layoffs, Education Cuts Serve as Impetus for New Lawsuits Filed in California and Indiana

August 1, 2009: 9th Circuit Rules that Plaintiffs in Renee Lack Standing

August 30, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Alaska, California, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma

June 16, 2005: California School Districts Sue State over NCLB Testing

February 28, 2005: California Visit by Michael Rebell to Discuss Litigation and the National Adequacy Movement

August 26, 2004: California Settles Williams School Funding Case; News in New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Cases

February 2, 2004: Update on Californians for Justice and ACORN Lawsuit For “Highly Qualified” Teachers

December 12, 2003: California School Funding System Inequitable, Inadequate and Incomprehensible

November 14, 2003: California Advocates Mount Statewide Campaign; School Funding Litigation and Costing Out Process Underway

May 13, 2003: California Says Low-Income Students Will Be Harmed by Having Same Educational Benefits as Middle-Class Students

January 26, 2003: Californians for Justice and ACORN File Suit For “Highly Qualified” Teachers

October 17, 2002: Williams Plaintiffs Release Experts’ Reports

Colorado

May 29, 2013: Colorado Supreme Court Reverses Adequacy Ruling

February 11, 2013: Colorado Lawmakers Consider Reforms to SchoolFunding Formula

October 4, 2012: Appeals Briefs Filed in Colorado Adequacy Case

December 15, 2011: Colorado Judge Issues Important Adequacy Ruling

August 2, 2011: Fiscal Pressures Cannot Justify Inadequate Education, Colorado Court Rules

October 19, 2009: Colorado Supreme Court Holds that Adequacy Claims are Justiciable

July 7, 2005: Colorado Parents and School Districts File Adequacy Lawsuit

Connecticut

December 10, 2013: CT Court Denies Motion to Dismiss; Case Now Set for Trial

October 17, 2013: Connecticut Court Considers Oral Argument on Motion to Dismiss

March 15, 2013: Parties in Connecticut School Funding Litigation File Briefs with the Court

April 1, 2010: Connecticut Supreme Court Holds that the State Constitution Guarantees Students the Right to an Adequate Education

January 14, 2008: Connecticut Plaintiffs File Appeal

November 29, 2005: Connecticut Plaintiffs File School Funding Lawsuit

April 6, 2005: Connecticut Will Sue U.S. Over NCLB Cost

August 26, 2004: California Settles Williams School Funding Case; News in New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Cases

May 2, 2003: Sheff v. O’Neill Settlement in Jeopardy

January 22, 2003: Hartford Desegregation Case, Sheff v. O’Neill, Settles

Delaware

Florida

October 4, 2012: Florida Supreme Court Allows School Funding Case to Proceed to Trial

December 5, 2011: Major Adequacy Issue to Be Decided by Florida Supreme Court

September 21, 2011: Adequacy Case Argued Before Florida Appeals Court

September 20, 2010: Florida Education Adequacy Case Withstands Motion to Dismiss

December 1, 2009: Two Florida Lawsuits Seek to Enforce New Constitutional Provisions

March 31, 2008: ACLU Tests New Adequacy Theory in Florida Case

July 27, 2004: Legal Actions Counter Cuts to Funding in Florida and Maryland

Georgia

August 29, 2008: State’s Motion Denied in Georgia

October 13, 2006: Adequacy Trial Begins in Alaska, Oral Arguments in New York, Preliminary Hearing in Georgia

January 5, 2006: Georgia Supreme Court Rules Adequacy Case Must Be Heard

October 31, 2005: Georgia Court Rules Adequacy Lawsuit Must Be Heard

July 1, 2005: Litigation Update: Hearings in Georgia, Texas; Rulings in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; Supreme Court Reopens Case in Arkansas

September 30, 2004: Adequacy Lawsuit Seeks Better Future for Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

October 4, 2012: Idaho Lawsuit Challenges School Fees

December 12, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Arkansas, and Idaho

December 21, 2005: Idaho Supreme Court Declares State Funding System Unconstitutional and Retains Jurisdiction

August 30, 2004: Idaho Supreme Court Thwarts Legislature’s Attempt to End School Funding Suit

October 30, 2003: “For Sale” Sign on Rural Idaho

November 21, 2002: Idaho Judge Appoints Special Master in School Facilities Funding Case

Illinois

April 1, 2010: Legal Updates: Illinois, North Carolina

August 29, 2008: Major New Case Filed in Illinois

Indiana

December 17, 2010: Hamilton County Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Hamilton Southeastern Schools, et al. v Daniels

April 1, 2010: Layoffs, Education Cuts Serve as Impetus for New Lawsuits Filed in California and Indiana

May 8, 2008: Plaintiffs Prevail in Two Important New Decisions

February 21, 2007: Litigation Update: Missouri Plaintiffs Testify; Motions in Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma

August 30, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Alaska, California, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma

April 20, 2006: Indiana Plaintiffs File Adequacy Lawsuit

Iowa

May 11, 2012: Iowa High Court Declines To Impose Academic Standards, But Leaves Open the Issue of Whether Education Is a Fundamental Interest

May 8, 2008: New Cases Filed in Iowa and Alabama Raise Innovative Adequacy and Equity Theories

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

December 5, 2002: Iowa Suit Seeks Equitable and Adequate School Funding

Kansas 

March 11, 2014: Kansas Supreme Court Toughens Adequacy Standard but Sends Case Back to Lower Court for Further Proceedings

December 10, 2013: Kansas Court Allows Affluent District’s Claim to Move Forward

October 17, 2013: Kansas Supreme Court Hears Major Adequacy Appeal

March 15, 2013: Kansas Supreme Court Orders Mediation in School Funding

January 17, 2013: Kansas Court Holds School Funding Cuts Unconstitutional

November 26, 2012: Kansas Court Revives Lawsuit Challenging Local Education Funding Cap

April 16, 2012: Kansas House Rejects Proposed Constitutional Amendment

March 28, 2011: Legal Update: New Hampshire, California, Kansas, and Alabama

December 17, 2010: Two New Adequacy Lawsuits Brought Against State

February 19, 2010: Kansas Plaintiffs Challenge Constitutionality of Budget Cuts; State Supreme Court Refuses to Re-open Montoy School Finance Case

July 31, 2006: Kansas Supreme Court: Legislature Has Complied With Montoy Orders

June 27, 2006: Litigation Update: Compliance in Kansas and Montana, Decision in New Jersey, Appeal in New York

July 7, 2005: Kansas Legislature Complies with Supreme Court Ruling, Increasing School Funding by $148.4 Million

June 16, 2005: Kansas Supreme Court Orders Major Funding Increase

May 13, 2005: Kansas Plaintiffs Challenge State Remedy in Supreme Court

April 21, 2005: Litigation Update: Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

January 5, 2005: Plaintiff Victory in Kansas: State must Increase Funding, System must be Cost-based and Equitable

October 14, 2004: Litigation Update: Trial Proceeding in South Carolina, Oral Arguments in Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas

August 26, 2004: California Settles Williams School Funding Case; News in New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Cases

May 14, 2004: No Action in Kansas, Court Says State Must Be Held Accountable

March 30, 2004: Trials, Appeals, and Compliance Questions in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arkansas

December 2, 2003: Kansas Trial Court Declares Funding System Unconstitutional; Court Relies on Costing-Out Study and Says “Money Matters”

October 14, 2003: Trial Ending in Kansas School Funding Adequacy Case

September 29, 2003: Kansas School Funding Trial Underway in Montoy v. State

February 5, 2003: Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Plaintiffs’ School Funding Claims and Remands Case

July 11, 2002: Tenth Circuit Decision in Kansas Favors Plaintiffs’ Disparate Impact Claims

Kentucky

July 3, 2007: Litigation Update: Constitution Satisfied in AR, Mixed Ruling in AK, Suit Dropped in KY, NH Meets Court Deadline

April 5, 2007: Court Finds Arizona Under-Funds ELLs; Litigation in Missouri and Kentucky

February 21, 2007: Litigation Update: Missouri Plaintiffs Testify; Motions in Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma

March 1, 2006: Litigation Update: North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alaska, Other States

February 23, 2004: Kentucky Court Denies Motion to Dismiss; School Funding Suits Consolidated

December 11, 2003: Prichard Committee Supports Kentucky’s Adequacy Lawsuit

September 29, 2003: A Second School Funding Suit Filed in Kentucky

August 7, 2003: Adequacy Lawsuits Planned in at Least Four States

January 17, 2003: School Funding Suit Filed in Kentucky

Louisiana

February 18, 2014: Judge Denies Class Action Status in LA Funding Case

January 8, 2004: Louisiana School Funding Lawsuit Filed and Constitutional Amendment Urged

Maine

Maryland

July 1, 2005: Litigation Update: Hearings in Georgia, Texas; Rulings in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; Supreme Court Reopens Case in Arkansas

April 21, 2005: Litigation Update: Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

March 15, 2005: Litigation Update: Appeal in Maryland and Proceedings in North Carolina

August 30, 2004: Maryland Court Orders Better Funding for City Schools, State Will Appeal

July 27, 2004: Legal Actions Counter Cuts to Funding in Florida and Maryland

July 12, 2002: Maryland Court Retains Jurisdiction in Adequacy Case

Massachusetts

October 21, 2010: OCR Settlement with Boston Schools Promises Major Improvements in ELL Programming

July 1, 2005: Litigation Update: Hearings in Georgia, Texas; Rulings in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; Supreme Court Reopens Case in Arkansas

February 27, 2005: Hancock v. Driscoll Case Concludes in Massachusetts

November 29, 2004: Successful Desegregation Plan Struck Down

October 14, 2004: Litigation Update: Trial Proceeding in South Carolina, Oral Arguments in Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

April 28, 2004: Plaintiff Victory in Massachusetts: Court Addresses Cost Studies, Preschool and Accountability

March 30, 2004: Trials, Appeals, and Compliance Questions in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arkansas

October 21, 2003: Plaintiff Witnesses Attest to Inadequate Resources; Massachusetts School Funding Trial Set to Resume

June 15, 2003: Massachusetts Hancock v. Driscoll Adequacy Trial Underway

December 3, 2002: Federal Judge in Massachusetts Declines to Hear MCAS Case But Retains Jurisdiction on Some Issues

September 24, 2002: MCAS Lawsuit Filed

Michigan

July 10, 2013: Michigan Court Holds State Must Enforce Statute to Provide Special Assistance to Students Not Meeting State Standards

July 25, 2012: Michigan Lawsuit Hones in on Failure to Teach Reading

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

September 4, 2012: Missouri Court Declares School Transfer Law Unconstitutional

May 11, 2012: Missouri Court Invalidates Unfunded School Transfer Plan

September 2, 2009: Missouri Supreme Court Denies Adequacy Claim

September 14, 2007: Plaintiffs Disappointed by Missouri Trial Court Ruling

April 5, 2007: Court Finds Arizona Under-Funds ELLs; Litigation in Missouri and Kentucky

February 21, 2007: Litigation Update: Missouri Plaintiffs Testify; Motions in Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma

January 11, 2007: Late Defendant-Intervenors Fail to Stop Missouri Trial

March 1, 2006: Litigation Update: North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alaska, Other States

December 14, 2004: Litigation Update: South Carolina, Missouri, and Arizona

January 9, 2004: Missouri School Districts File Equity and Adequacy Lawsuit

August 7, 2003: Adequacy Lawsuits Planned in at Least Four States

Montana

April 15, 2012: Settlement Reached in Montana Funding Dispute

December 5, 2011: Montana Coalition Seeks Court Order on Mandated Funding

December 18, 2008: Legal Updates: Montana, New Hampshire, and New Jersey

May 8, 2008: Plaintiffs Prevail in Two Important New Decisions

June 27, 2006: Litigation Update: Compliance in Kansas and Montana, Decision in New Jersey, Appeal in New York

March 25, 2005: Montana Supreme Court Orders New Funding System Based on “Educationally Relevant Factors”

November 10, 2004: Plaintiff Victory in Montana, “In the Public Interest,” Court Issues Order in Time for Legislative Session

October 14, 2004: Litigation Update: Trial Proceeding in South Carolina, Oral Arguments in Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

April 21, 2004: Plaintiff Victory in Montana; Funding System Must Be Based on Educationally Relevant Costs

March 30, 2004: Trials, Appeals, and Compliance Questions in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arkansas

April 7, 2003: Montana Quality Education Coalition Gains Strength

January 23, 2003: School Funding Adequacy Trial Begins in Montana

September 5, 2002: Montana Suit Seeks Adequate, Cost-Based School Funding Formula

Nebraska

May 17, 2007: Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arizona Courts End School Funding Cases

February 21, 2007: Litigation Update: Missouri Plaintiffs Testify; Motions in Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma

October 20, 2005: Nebraska Court Dismisses “Adequacy” Case, Plaintiffs Will Appeal

April 21, 2005: Litigation Update: Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

August 31, 2004: Nebraska Rural Schools File “Adequacy” Suit

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

July 2, 2003: Nebraska Schools Trust Files School Funding Adequacy Lawsuit

August 7, 2003: Adequacy Lawsuits Planned in at Least Four States

Nevada

New Hampshire

March 28, 2011: Legal Update: New Hampshire, California, Kansas, and Alamaba

April 1, 2010: Changes in Teacher Pension Systems Face Legal Scrutiny

December 18, 2008: Legal Updates: Montana, New Hampshire, and New Jersey

September 14, 2007: Litigation Update: South Carolina, New Hampshire, Alaska and Others

July 3, 2007: Litigation Update: Constitution Satisfied in AR, Mixed Ruling in AK, Suit Dropped in KY, NH Meets Court Deadline

September 14, 2006: New Hampshire Supreme Court Requires State to Define an Adequate Education

March 13, 2006: New Hampshire Court Declares Funding System Unconstitutional

April 15, 2002: New Hampshire Court Says State Must Hold School Districts Accountable

January 9, 2002: New Hampshire Supreme Court Hears Claremont Argument

September 5, 2001: New Hampshire School-Funding Case Back in Court

New Jersey

October 20, 2011: Rural Districts in New Jersey Fight Budget Cuts

March 28, 2011: N.J. Judge Rules Budget Cuts Deny Students Thorough and Efficient Education

February 3, 2011: New Jersey Supreme Court Remands for an Evidentiary Hearing Abbott Plaintiffs’ Challenge to State Aid Cuts

December 17, 2010: Oral Argument Scheduled for Abbott v. Burke

April 1, 2010: Changes in Teacher Pension Systems Face Legal Scrutiny

May 29, 2009: N.J. Supreme Court Grants States’ Motion to End Abbott Remedies; Holds that State Must Maintain Funding Levels Despite Recession and Must Reconsider Cost Analysis After Three Years

April 9, 2009: New Jersey Judge Recommends New Path for Old Litigation

December 18, 2008: Legal Updates: Montana, New Hampshire, and New Jersey

April 1, 2008: New Jersey A.G. Moves to Terminate Long-Pending Abbott Litigation

May 1, 2007: Success and Better Funding Draw Voucher Lawsuit

June 27, 2006: Litigation Update: Compliance in Kansas and Montana, Decision in New Jersey, Appeal in New York

March 13, 2006: Closing Gaps in New Jersey’s Urban Districts

March 1, 2006: Litigation Update: North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alaska, Other States

August 23, 2005: Education Law Center Files Motion for School Construction Funding

November 15, 2004: New Jersey Supreme Court Orders Mediation in Ongoing Abbott Proceedings

March 30, 2004: Trials, Appeals, and Compliance Questions in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arkansas

June 30, 2003: New Jersey Supreme Court Orders Mediated Agreement in Abbott

June 13, 2003: Nearly All Abbott Districts Appeal Department of Education Budget

April 30, 2003: New Jersey’s Abbott Parties Ordered into Mediation to Settle Latest Dispute

September 18, 2002: New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to School Facilities Funding

June 22, 2002: One-Year “Relaxation” of Remedies in New Jersey

February 21, 2002: New Jersey High Court Reaffirms Ruling to Improve Abbott Preschools

February 19, 2002: NJ Governor Announces New Collaborative Approach to Implementing Court-Ordered Urban School Reforms

September 25, 2001: New Jersey’s Abbott Case Goes Back to Court

New Mexico

May 11, 2006: New Mexico Plaintiffs Claim State is Backtracking on Capital Funding

New York

February 12, 2014: Michael Rebell Files Major New Advocacy Case in New York State

December 10, 2013: Two New York State School Districts File Federal Funding Discrimination Claims

October 17, 2013: Two Reports Document Serious Resource Deficiencies in NYC Schools

September 18, 2013: Trial Date Set for New York Adequacy Case

March 15, 2013: Court Stops New York from Denying NYC Kids $260 Million

March 15, 2013: New York State Teachers Union Files Lawsuit to Overturn State Property Tax Cap

February 11, 2013: NYC Parents Challenge $250 Million Penalty for Teacher Evaluation Impasse

May 21, 2010: Education Organizations Sue NY Governor for Withholding School Aid

February 21, 2007: New York Governor Spitzer Proposes Major Education Policy and Funding Reforms

November 20, 2006: New York Court Orders Historic $1.93 Billion Additional Funding in CFE Ruling

October 13, 2006: Adequacy Trial Begins in Alaska, Oral Arguments in New York, Preliminary Hearing in Georgia

August 30, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Alaska, California, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma

June 27, 2006: Litigation Update: Compliance in Kansas and Montana, Decision in New Jersey, Appeal in New York

March 31, 2006: $11.2 Billion for New York City Facilities after Court Ruling

April 21, 2005: Litigation Update: Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

March 24, 2005: Campaign for Fiscal Equity Releases Schools for New York’s Future Bill

February 14, 2005: New York Court Affirms Special Masters’ Recommendations for More Funding

November 30, 2004: Special Masters Recommend Billions for New York Schools in CFE v. State

August 26, 2004: California Settles Williams School Funding Case; News in New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Cases

June 27, 2003: Major Plaintiff Victory in CFE v. State: Court Affirms that Money Matters, State Must Undertake Need-Based Costing Out

May 12, 2003: New York’s Highest Court Considers Other State Court Rulings During Oral Argument in Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) v. State

December 3, 2002: After Negotiations Fail, CFE Appeal Proceeds

September 19, 2002: New York Governor Changes His Position on Eighth-Grade Standard As Appeal Proceeds

June 25, 2002: Intermediate Court Holds Eighth-Grade Education Adequate Under New York State Constitution: Appeal Will Be Taken To State’s Highest Court

January 2002: NY Appeals’ Court Affirms Right to Sound Basic Education but Rejects Rochester Students’ Claims

North Carolina

March 11, 2014: N. Carolina Judge Bans Voucher Program

September 4, 2012: N.C. Court of Appeals Upholds Mandate on Pre-K for At-Risk Children

September 21, 2011: North Carolina Court Re-asserts Order to Provide Free Pre-K Program

August 2, 2011: Judge in North Carolina Invalidates Budget Cut Legislation

April 1, 2010: Legal Updates: Illinois, North Carolina

October 22, 2009: Leandro Judge Calls Hearing on Recession’s Impact on Adequacy

September 21, 2009: Charter Advocates Challenge School Finance Systems in Arizona and North Carolina

April 21, 2005: Litigation Update: Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

March 15, 2005: Litigation Update: Appeal in Maryland and Proceedings in North Carolina

August 13, 2004: North Carolina Plaintiffs Win Major Victory,
Supreme Court Affirms Order Holding State Accountable

September 12, 2003: North Carolina Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hoke County v. State

March 31, 2003: North Carolina Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Leandro Appeal, Bypassing Intermediate Court

August 20, 2002: North Carolina Court Orders State to Specify How It Will Help “At-Risk” Students

May 3, 2002: North Carolina’s Governor Seeks Expedited Appeal and No Stay in Leandro

April 4, 2002: Major Victory for Schoolchildren in North Carolina Superior Court Ruling

North Dakota

March 1, 2006: Litigation Update: North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alaska, Other States

November 25, 2003: North Dakota Lawsuit Seeks Adequate and Equitable School Funding

August 7, 2003: Adequacy Lawsuits Planned in at Least Four States

Ohio

April 6, 2005: Ohio Forum Discusses “Hard Bigotry of High Expectations and Low Resources”

August 28, 2003: Ohio’s DeRolph Plaintiffs Ask U.S. Supreme Court To Review the Latest Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

May 22, 2003: Ohio Supreme Court Turns Away Legal Challenge To School Finance System

March 5, 2003: Ohio Coalition that Brought DeRolph Goes Back to Court

March 21, 2002: Mediation Fails; DeRolph Case Returns to Ohio Supreme Court

December 11, 2002: Ohio Supreme Court Declares School Funding System Unconstitutional, in DeRolph V

September 6, 2001: Ohio Supreme Court Decision Attempts to Resolve School Funding Impasse

Oklahoma

May 17, 2007: Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arizona Courts End School Funding Cases

February 21, 2007: Litigation Update: Missouri Plaintiffs Testify; Motions in Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma

August 30, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Alaska, California, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma

January 31, 2006: School Funding Suit Filed Against State of Oklahoma

Oregon

August 30, 2006: Litigation Update: Arizona, Alaska, California, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma

March 31, 2006: Oregon Plaintiffs File School Funding Lawsuit

Pennsylvania

September 4, 2012: PA’s Chester-Upland School District Reaches Settlement in School Funding Lawsuit

May 11, 2012: Trial Commences in PA On Creative Federal Funding Claims

April 16, 2012: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Plan to File Lawsuit Over State Education Funding Formula

July 1, 2005: Litigation Update: Hearings in Georgia, Texas; Rulings in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; Supreme Court Reopens Case in Arkansas

August 26, 2004: California Settles Williams School Funding Case; News in New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Cases

April 14, 2004: Civil Rights Complaint Filed against Philadelphia School District Over Teacher Imbalance

January 12, 2004: Reading School District Sues State of Pennsylvania Over No Child Left Behind Act

Rhode Island

July 25, 2012: Plaintiffs Suffer Set-Back in Rhode Island Case

April 29, 2011: Legal Updates: Rhode Island Plaintiffs Attack New Funding Formula

July 14, 2010: Litigation Update: Advocates Skeptical of Rhode Island’s New School Funding Formula; Woonsocket Plaintiffs to Continue with Litigation

February 19, 2010: New Case Filed in Rhode Island

South Carolina

September 14, 2007: Litigation Update: South Carolina, New Hampshire, Alaska and Others

July 26, 2007: Will Plaintiffs Appeal South Carolina “Minimally Adequate” Decision?

December 29, 2005: South Carolina Court Orders Preschool through Third-Grade Interventions to Counter Poverty, Declares State Education Funding System Unconstitutional

April 21, 2005: Litigation Update: Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

April 14, 2005: “Corridor of Shame” Reveals Conditions in South Carolina Schools

March 15, 2005: Litigation Update: Appeal in Maryland and Proceedings in North Carolina

December 14, 2004: Litigation Update: South Carolina, Missouri, and Arizona

October 14, 2004: Litigation Update: Trial Proceeding in South Carolina, Oral Arguments in Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas

March 30, 2004: Trials, Appeals, and Compliance Questions in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Arkansas

October 13, 2003: Plaintiff Witnesses Decry Conditions in South Carolina Schools Seeking Equal Opportunity 50 Years after Brown v. Board of Education

July 31, 2003: South Carolina Abbeville v. State Adequacy Trial Begins

South Dakota

September 21, 2011: South Dakota Supreme Court Rejects Adequacy Claim

December 17, 2010: Oral Arguments for 2006 School Funding Case Scheduled for January 2011

August 1, 2009: State Supreme Court: Districts Have Standing to Bring a Constitutional Challenge to Funding System

August 29, 2008: Trial About to Begin in South Dakota

June 26, 2006: South Dakota Schools, Students, and Parents Seek “Adequate and Quality Education” in State Court Action

Tennessee

October 9, 2002: Tennessee Supreme Court Reaffirms Its Holding: Constitution Requires Equal Educational Opportunity and Cost-Based Funding

Texas

March 11, 2014: Texas Trial Concludes; Decision Expected Shortly

July 10, 2013: After Legal Ruling, Texas Legislature Restores Major Funding Cuts

February 11, 2013: Texas Court DeclaresSchool Funding System Unconstitutional

March 26, 2012: “Efficiency Intervenors” Seek to Join in Texas Litigation

January 18, 2012: Fourth Major Funding Suit Filed in Texas

December 15, 2011: Two More Texas Groups File Adequacy and Equity Law Suits

October 20, 2011: New Equity and Adequacy Suit Filed in Texas

September 21, 2011: Advocates Preparing New Equity Litigation in Texas

November 22, 2005: Texas Supreme Court Declares School Funding System Unconstitutional

July 1, 2005: Litigation Update: Hearings in Georgia, Texas; Rulings in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; Supreme Court Reopens Case in Arkansas

June 15, 2005: Special Session Expected in Texas

December 14, 2004: Judge Declares Texas School Funding Inadequate and Unconstitutional

September 17, 2004: Rapid Ruling in Texas School Funding Lawsuit

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

May 30, 2003: Texas School Finance Case Sent Back to Trial Court

February 7, 2002: Texas School Funding Debate Raises Controversial Issues

Utah

Vermont

May 29, 2003: Win-Win Compromise Appears to End Vermont’s Act 60 Wars

Virginia

Washington

February 12, 2014: Washington Supreme Court Orders Legislature to Fully Comply With Its Prior Decision

September 18, 2013: Washington State Expands Full-Day Kindergarten in Response to Court Order

January 17, 2013: Washington Supreme Orders Legislature to Develop a “Concrete Plan” for “Ample” Education Funding

October 4, 2012: Washington Supreme Court Considers Supermajority Tax Issue

July 25, 2012: Washington Supreme Court Issues Order on Retention of Jurisdiction

March 26, 2012: State Asks Washington Supreme Court to Retain Jurisdiction in Adequacy Case

January 18, 2012: Washington Supreme Court Holds that State Is Not Adequately Funding Public Education

December 17, 2010: Challenge to State Special Education Funding Formula Rejected in Washington Supreme Court

February 19, 2010: Washington Court Issues Strong Adequacy Ruling

December 1, 2009: Washington Supreme Court Defines “Uniform System”

September 8, 2009: NEWS School Funding Case Begins in Washington

January 16, 2007: Second School Funding Lawsuit Filed in Washington

November 26, 2006: School Funding Adequacy and Equity Lawsuit Filed in Washington State

West Virginia

January 9, 2003: West Virginia Circuit Court Finds Revised School Funding System Constitutional

December 23, 2002: Groups Sue to Stop Consolidation as Budget Shortfalls Prompt New Calls for Mergers

Wisconsin

Wyoming

March 1, 2006: Litigation Update: North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alaska, Other States

August 26, 2004: California Settles Williams School Funding Case; News in New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Cases

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

School Segregation and Integration

June 29, 2007: Editorial: State Education Advocacy More Important than Ever as US Supreme Court Slams Door on Integration

November 3, 2006: Amicus Briefs Examine Benefits of School Integration

August 16, 2006: U.N. Criticizes Segregation in U.S. Schools; Supreme Court to Hear Cases Challenging Integration

General Litigation News

December 17, 2010: Editorial: Litigation Strategies for Hard Times, Michael A. Rebell

July 14, 2010: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal in NCLB Case

October 16, 2009: Appellate Impasse on NCLB Funding

November 13, 2008: The Role of the Courts: An Editorial Comment

February 15, 2008: The Education Adequacy Movement – The Only Game in Town

January 14, 2008: Editorial: A Rekindled NCLB Suit Raises Concerns

October 26, 2007: Editorial: Adequacy Cases are Alive and Well

August 9, 2005: State Courts Rule That Education is Key to Our Future

April 27, 2005: ECS Covers the National Education Adequacy Movement

January 13, 2005: Five Plaintiff Wins in the Last Year, Busy 2005 for Courts and Legislatures

December 14, 2004: Litigation Update: South Carolina, Missouri, and Arizona

October 14, 2004: Litigation Update: Trial Proceeding in South Carolina, Oral Arguments in Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas

August 26, 2004: California Settles Williams School Funding Case; News in New York, Kansas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Cases

June 29, 2004: Litigation Updates: Arkansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska and New York

May 27, 2004: School Funding Cases in 25 States: Rulings in Nebraska and Wyoming, Trials Approaching in Iowa and Texas, Other News

May 13, 2004: Adequacy Movement Advancing the Promise of Brown

January 7, 2004: Fast Start to Busy Year for School Funding Litigations in 2004

November 3, 2003: Final Test: Peter Schrag’s Compelling New Analysis of the Education Adequacy Movement

March 3, 2003: Third Annual ACCESS Conference Focuses on Achieving Education Reform in Difficult Times

March 3, 2003: ACCESS Conference: More States Pair Adequacy Studies with Litigation

June 25, 2003: As Affirmative Action Dominates Higher Education News, K-12 Desegregation Orders Quietly Fall

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