Budget & Finance

School Finance Lawsuit Bonanza in California

May 21, 2010 1 min read

We told you about the new school finance lawsuit filed yesterday in California by a broad array of students, school districts, and education groups. That lawsuit is asking the courts to declare the state’s decades-old system of school finance unconstitutional and to order the governor and lawmakers to design a new system.

According to California edu-blogger John Fensterwald, a second suit against the state is coming down the pike. This suit, according to Fensterwald, would similarly seek to overhaul the state’s K-12 finance system, but would focus more on the interests of low-income and minority children.

The lawyers behind this one are the same ones who handled the Williams v. California case, an adequacy suit settled in 2004 by Gov. Schwarzenegger that led to improvements in basic learning conditions in schools across California.

A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.

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