Conference: More States Pair Adequacy Studies with Litigation
towards using adequacy studies as a tool in school-funding litigation is speeding
up around the country. In the last decade, about a dozen costing-out
studies were done, most of them by state legislatures or by commissions appointed
by states. An ACCESS Conference session on developments in the states, however,
revealed that the speed with which adequacy studies are being done is accelerating.
Just in the last few months, seven states--Alaska,
New York, North
Dakota, Massachusetts, and Montana--have
either initiated or completed studies aimed at determining the cost of an adequate
education, and almost all of these were commissioned by plaintiffs, teachers unions,
and/or other advocacy groups. There are a number of interesting wrinkles as well.
Massachusetts has two studies--one using the successful schools methodology and
one using the professional judgment methodology--going on simultaneously, while
New York is implementing a study that will combine successful schools and professional
judgment, while also placing a large emphasis on public engagement activities--12
forums will be held around the state over the next two months. A state commission
in California is contemplating undertaking
a new costing-out study as well.
Prepared March 5, 2003