ERIC Number: EJ759474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
States Resist Meeting K-12 Spending Levels Ordered by the Courts
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v24 n30 p1, 22 Apr 2005
Kansas, Montana, and New York are the states currently under orders from their highest courts to fix their school finance systems. In Kansas, House and Senate leaders have agreed to a plan that would increase per-pupil funding for at-risk, bilingual, and special education students. It would also create a $20 million program to help districts improve student achievement in reading and mathematics in kindergarten through 3rd grade. In addition, the bill would guarantee cost-of-living increases for future years and allow districts to supplement state funding by levying additional property taxes--something districts are not allowed to do now. Here, Kansas lawmakers are proposing to spend $145 million on education in response to a state supreme court decision declaring the state's system of school funding unconstitutional. In Texas and Montana, plaintiffs are saying the same thing about legislative responses to their state courts. In New York, advocates of greater school funding are headed back to the courtroom because the legislature has not acted on the highest state court's 2003 order to fix funding for the New York City public schools.
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary Secondary Education, Court Litigation, State Courts, Educational Finance, Academic Achievement, Early Childhood Education, Reading Improvement, Public Schools, Taxes, At Risk Persons, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Mathematics Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Montana; New York; Texas