Lawsuits challenging state methods of funding public
schools have been brought in 45 of the 50 states. On
our State-by-State page, we have brief summaries, by
state, of the historical background and recent events
in these litigations and related issues, such as costing-out
studies. We provide links to court decisions, where
available, and useful resources for a more in-depth
understanding of developments in particular states.
In our News section, we have up-to-date news about school
funding lawsuits in each state.
Our litigation overview page provides historical
information about school funding litigations, including
litigations in federal court in the 1970's, and the
"equity" and "adequacy" litigations
in state courts that continue today. The page also features
recent developments in school funding litigations across
the country and useful resources for more information.
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For a more complete history of state and federal education
finance cases and the development of the concept of
a constitutional right to an adequate education, see
this article by Michael A. Rebell (PDF).
For easy reference, we also have one-page
PDF tables of the status of school funding litigations
Inequity and Inadequacy>>
More than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education,
there remain enormous inequities and inadequacies in
the resources and funding provided to America's schools.