ERIC Number: ED412597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
State School Finance Litigation: A Summary and an Analysis. [Revised].
Whitney, Terry N.; Verstegen, Deborah A.
State Legislative Report, v22 n3 Jun 1997
In 1997, an active year for school-finance legislation, states responded in a variety of ways to court decisions. This report provides an overview of school-finance legislation for that year. Historically, school-finance suits have focused on the equity and adequacy of state funding, and the decisions handed down in 1997, for the most part, followed that pattern. As school-finance cases are decided on a state-by-state basis, what is deemed constitutional in one state may not be held so in another. Where the state educational-finance system has been upheld, courts have generally said that funding for a minimal basic education system was sufficient. Where the system has been invalidated, courts have called for funding to support high-quality systems. One figure is included. A detailed table summarizes litigation outcomes by state and the status of each state's school-funding system as of June 1997. (LMI)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Finance Reform, Public Schools, State Action, State Courts, State Legislation
National Conference of State Legislatures, Book Order Dept., 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202-5140; phone: 303-830-2054.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.