Two California lawsuits over inadequate funding for education were denied in a split decision. No doubt both will be appealed to the California Supreme Court. The judge agreed funding was inadequate. The issue, he said, concerned the responsibility for making funding decisions. The judiciary could not determine adequacy.
In Florida’s Citizens for Strong Schools, the plaintiffs requested a cost study to determine adequacy. Whether the judge will rule that the cost study can be mandated by the court remains to be seen.
Education Week reports that there have been funding court cases in all but five states. These cases take years to be resolved since many are appealed. In 27 cases, the decision has favored the plaintiffs.