ERIC Number: ED335791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: 0
State School Finance Litigation: A Background Paper.
In October 1988, 48 suburban and greater Minnesota school districts, representing approximately 20 percent of the state's public elementary and secondary school students, filed a lawsuit claiming that Minnesota's school financing system violates the state's constitutional mandate for equality of educational opportunity. (A ruling in the case is not expected until the 1991 Legislature adjourns.) The state asserts that neither the state constitution nor state statutes require equal revenues per pupil and that the state has met its specific obligations under the state education clause. After explaining the lawsuit, this report discusses states' duty to maintain public schools and reviews Minnesota's school finance system. Next is a history of state school finance litigation that highlights early cases ("Serrano v. Priest,""Van Dusartz v. Hatfield," and "San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez"), equity versus adequacy emphases in the 1980s, and recent challenges to states' school finance systems, including cases upholding a state's system (Georgia, Colorado, New York, Maryland, and Michigan) and cases invalidating a state's system (Montana, Kentucky, Texas, and New Jersey). None of these cases provides a basis for predicting the outcome of Minnesota's school finance lawsuit. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul. Research Dept.
Identifiers: Constitutions; Minnesota