Adequate Funding

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Education Funding How States Are Rethinking Where School Funding Should Go
There's constant debate over the best way to allocate state money to schools. Here are some ways states are reworking their school funding.
Mark Lieberman, February 23, 2024
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Education Funding A Judge Just Ruled That Another State's School Funding System Is Unconstitutional
New Hampshire joins Pennsylvania on the list of states whose courts have ruled that it's underfunding poor school districts.
Mark Lieberman, November 27, 2023
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Education Funding Do K-12 Students Have a Right to Well-Funded School Buildings?
The answer in a recent state court case wasn't exactly a "yes." But it also wasn't a "no." Here's what could happen next.
Mark Lieberman, September 19, 2023
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Budget & Finance Pa. Hasn't Fixed Its School Funding System, and Educators Are Frustrated
After Pennsylvania's school funding formula was deemed unconstitutional, state legislators failed to come up with a solution this session.
Lydia McFarlane & Mark Lieberman, August 17, 2023
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Education Funding Pennsylvania School Funding Is Unconstitutional, Judge Says. Here's What Could Happen Next
An appeal could be on the way, but advocates are already gearing up to make the case for funding reform.
Mark Lieberman, February 8, 2023
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Education Funding News in Brief N.H. Judge Rules Method of Funding School Aid Is Unconstitutional
A judge has ruled that New Hampshire's current method of funding public schools is unconstitutional, two decades after a series of court decisions that said the state has a duty to provide and pay for an adequate education.
The Associated Press, June 11, 2019
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Education Funding Which States Are Poised to Tackle Outdated K-12 Funding Formulas?
Buoyed by budget surpluses and prodded by teacher activism and legal challenges, legislators and governors are gearing up to tackle long-outdated K-12 funding formulas.
Daarel Burnette II, February 12, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Should an Adequate Education Be a Fundamental Right?
Literacy is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution, a court recently ruled. Maybe it takes an amendment to change that.
Robert Rothman, July 18, 2018
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Education With $80 Million Fix, Kansas School Funding Heads Back to Court
Kansas will offer up $534 million more this fall to its public schools, an amount it will tell the state's supreme court in the coming weeks is enough to provide students with an "adequate" education.
Daarel Burnette II, May 1, 2018
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Education Lawsuits Seek to Broaden Meaning of 'Adequate,' 'Equitable' Education
Some lawyers are arguing that "adequate" and "equitable" education means more than just money, creating a challenge for state legislatures and state courts.
Daarel Burnette II, April 10, 2017
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Education Opinion Will ESSA Energize "Adequate Education" in State Courts?
ESSA was meant to move beyond NCLB's widely-panned proficiency obsession, but governors and legislators aren't likely to stray too far from simplistic NCLB-era accountability.
Guest Blogger, August 8, 2016
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Education Opinion Why Mississippi Must Fully Fund the Adequate Education Program
It's no secret that education and its funding has never been a top priority in Mississippi. Even last week's news that the state ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to educational opportunities and success for its students is not enough to cause a legitimate uproar.
Matthew Lynch, January 14, 2015
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Education Funding News in Brief Petitioners Get Signatures to Put Funding on Ballot
Supporters of a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing "an adequate and efficient system of free public schools" in Mississippi say they've collected enough signatures to put a referendum on the 2015 general-election ballot.
The Associated Press, October 14, 2014
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States Texas Oil and Gas Growth Yields $1.26 Billion for State Education Fund
The fund now stands at more than $34 billion, but only the interest income can be spent. In August, a state district judge ruled that Texas was not distributing school funds adequately or fairly among its richer and poorer districts.
Denisa R. Superville, September 19, 2014
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