The Indiana State Teachers Association has filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging Indiana’s school aid system fails to provide enough resources for public schools to meet the state’s standards and accountability mandates.
The suit was filed April 20 in Marion County Superior Court on behalf of a group of students and their families from different school districts.
In a press statement, the union, an affiliate of the National Education Association, alleges that current funding denies students preschool opportunities, supplemental reading instruction, English-language-learning instruction, and remediation and summer school opportunities.
In response to the lawsuit, the state education agency’s general counsel, Kevin C. McDowell, said that “adequate funding and equity are issues of considerable concern to all,” and predicted that any resolution will not be achieved quickly.
A version of this article appeared in the May 03, 2006 edition of Education Week