ERIC Number: ED097780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: 0
A Summary of State-Wide School Finance Cases.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC.
The school finance reform movement of the 1970's got a fast start in August 1971 when the California Supreme Court announced its decision in Serrano v. Priest. In the 20 months following the Serrano decision, scores of school finance suits were filed throughout the country. The momentum initiated by the California Supreme Court was clearly on the side of the plaintiffs. On March 21, 1973, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in San Antonio Independent School System v. Rodriguez and reversed the momentum that Serrano had begun. Nearly 50 suits have been disposed of in Rodriguez's wake--most terminated voluntarily by the plaintiffs; a few decided in favor of the defendants on motions to dismiss. Despite this apparent setback, the overwhelming number of dismissals in school finance cases should not be interpreted as the demise of school remains viable. Indeed, the measured pace the movement has followed in the past year has begun to pick up once again. This booklet discusses terminated and pending school finance reform court cases, in each case identifying the parties involved, describing the issues, and stating the case's status. (Author/JF)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC.