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School Finance Litigation

Legal challenges over inequities and/or inadequacies in state funding for public education have dramatically shaped the study and the practice of education finance in recent years. Although this type of litigation began in the late 1960s with a number of cases in the federal courts, for the past 40 years, school finance litigation has played out almost exclusively in the state courts. This entry provides an overview of school finance litigation in state courts; the reasons why most of the state courts have been willing to consider these suits, even though the federal courts would not; and the extent to which these court orders have been successful in promoting significant reforms.

A State Rather Than Federal Issue

Constitutional challenges to state systems for funding public education ...

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