ERIC Number: ED158420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Update on State-Wide School Finance Cases.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC.
This summary provides an overview of developments in school finance litigation in 1976 and 1977. A number of cases presented here are broad-based attacks upon the inequality of educational opportunity resulting from statewide school finance systems that make educational funding a function of district property wealth. In other cases, the primary focus is on the state's failure to equalize for the effects of municipal overburden, the higher costs of urban education, or the greater concentrations of disadvantaged children in urban schools. Still others challenge a state's delegating to local voters its constitutional obligation to provide the funds necessary for adequate or equal educational opportunities. Taken as a whole, cases decided in 1977 show continued progress in the effort to achieve school finance reform through litigation. Discussions of 12 terminated school finance cases are presented as well as descriptions of 18 cases pending as of February 1978. This is the fifth summary of school finance cases prepared by the School Finance Project. All the cases described in the February 1977 summary are included here. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, State Legislation
School Finance Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 520, Washington, D.C. 20005 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see ED 119 299