Supreme Court Decision Attempts to Resolve School Funding Impasse
6, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its third decision in the decade-long school
funding case, DeRolph v. State (MS Word Document).
In DeRolph III, the court concluded that the state's education finance system
continues to be unconstitutional, but gave the legislature and the governor very
specific directions on how to bring the system into compliance with the constitutional
mandate of a "thorough and efficient system of common schools."
court declared that the per-pupil foundation amount must be increased and that
"parity aid" must be phased in more quickly than previously planned.
Assuming that the state would pass the court's requirements into law, the court
chose not to retain jurisdiction. Estimates of the cost of the court-ordered changes
range from $300 million annually to as much as $1.2 billion annually.
the 1997 and 2000 state supreme court opinions and a brief summary of the history
of the case and the costing-out studies performed, visit our Ohio
Prepared September 6, 2001