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Nevada School Districts Face Significant Budget Deficits

The final education budget adopted, in June 2015, by the Nevada Legislature for the 2015-2017 biennium does little to improve school funding overall and reduces most districts' general operating budgets for the 2015-2016 school year, an analysis by Educate Nevada Now! (ENN!) shows.

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  • Legislature Continues to Violate Kansas Constitution on School Funding

    On May 27, the Kansas Supreme Court declared that the latest legislative changes to the state school funding system failed to bring the funding system into compliance with the state's constitution because it still distributes funding unfairly. 

  • Renowned School Choice Advocate Rejects Nevada's School Voucher Program

    Howard Fuller is a professor and founder of two organizations -- the Institute for the Transformation of Learning and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) -- both of which cite expanding vouchers and charters for low-income families as their central mission. Dr. Fuller has been an outspoken supporter of vouchers and charters for over 25 years.

  • Appeals Court Agrees With Civil Rights Groups, Overturns Vergara

    On April 14, the California Court of Appeal held that the state statutes on teacher tenure, dismissal, and seniority do not deprive students of their right to equal protection under the California constitution. As civil rights amici urged in their brief, the Court held that plaintiffs failed to show the statutes are the cause of any group of students receiving an education inferior to other students.

  • Civil Rights Groups Urge Court to Uphold Ruling Stopping Voucher Law

    CARSON CITY, NV – On April 19, three leading civil right groups submitted an amicus curiae, friend of the court, brief to the Nevada Supreme Court on behalf of plaintiff parents in Lopez v. Schwartz, asking the Justices to affirm a lower court decision finding Nevada’s recently enacted voucher law violates the state constitution.

  • Resistance to Equity is Deep, Long-standing and Bipartisan

    State leaders have steadfastly resisted and rarely embraced equity in educational opportunity for millions of the schoolchildren whose rights they are sworn to uphold. Recent events in Colorado, Connecticut, and New York underscore that, yet again, this resistance is deep and bipartisan.



Dec 21, 2015 -  Nevada Parents to Have Their Day in Court  to Stop Unconstitutional Voucher Law

Dec 10, 2015 -  Congress Again Fails to Tackle Equity in Revised Federal Education Law

Dec 02, 2015 -  PA Parents, School Districts Urge Court to Hear School Funding Case

Nov 20, 2015 -  Kansas Courts Again Tackle School Funding Equity Under State Constitution

Nov 17, 2015 -  One of the Nation's Highest Achieving States May Go Higher

Nov 04, 2015 -  Congress Must Compel States to Fund Schools Fairly

Sep 21, 2015 -  Amici Urge PA Court to Hear Educational Opportunity Case

Sep 11, 2015 -  Washington Supreme Court Finds Charter School Law Unconstitutional

Sep 02, 2015 -  Plaintiffs Accuse Tennessee Officials of Violating Their Constitutional Duty 

Aug 20, 2015 -  School Funding Litigation Hot Topic in State Courts 

Aug 14, 2015 - Washington Supreme Court Fines State for Not Fairly Funding Its Schools

Aug 11, 2015 - Amici Urge Texas Supreme Court to Affirm State's School Funding is Unconstitutional

Jul 21, 2015 - New ESA Law, Vouchers, Will Worsen Educational Opportunities for Nevada Kids

Jul 16, 2015 - National Report Card Shines New Light on Why Fair School Funding Matters

Jul 08, 2015 - Nevada School Districts Face Significant Budget Deficits

Jul 07, 2015 - Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down School Vouchers

Jun 30, 2015 - Tenth Circuit Brushes Aside Wealthy-Parent Attack on Fair School Funding

Jun 17, 2015 - Fair Funding and Its Effective Use

May 14, 2015 - States Slow to Improve Access to Quality Pre-K

May 07, 2015 - ELC Applauds Launch of Nevada Coalition for School Funding Reform

May 04, 2015 - Constitutional Crisis: Legislative Overreach Threatens Courts

Apr 27, 2015 - Educational Opportunity Case Going to State Supreme Court

Mar 25, 2015 - Plaintiffs Allege School Funding System Violates State Constitution

Mar 18, 2015 - NY Pays "Usual Suspects" to Recycle "Money Doesn't Matter" Defense in Small Cities Trial

Mar 09, 2015 - Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50-State Report on Education of Black and Latino Males

Jan 26, 2015 - Court Declares Kansas School Funding System Unconstitutional

Jan 13, 2015 - Billions in Tax Subsidies Depress Funding and Need to be Disclosed



Dec 15, 2014 - New Mexico Educational Opportunity Case Going to Trial

Dec 11, 2014 - ACLU Claims Delaware Charters Segregate by Color and Disability

Nov 24, 2014 - AZ Court Rules State Can Fund Charter Schools Lower than Public Schools

Nov 14, 2014 - South Carolina School Funding Denies Students Constitutional Opportunity

Nov 14, 2014 - Colorado Court Denies State's Motion to Dismiss School Funding Case

Nov 13, 2014 - Pennsylvania School Funding Unconstitutional, Lawsuit Asserts

Nov 06, 2014 - Resource Equity and Student Success, Special Capitol Hill Briefing

Oct 10, 2014 - Coalition Launches Roadmap for Stronger Teaching and Principal Professions

Sep 30, 2014 - Preschool Needs Stable Funding and Quality Standards in Texas and Beyond

Sep 26, 2014 - "Unlocking Opportunity" Report Calls for Equity in Education

Sep 22, 2014 - Charter Operators Want More Money in New York

Sep 16, 2014 - Washington Supreme Court Holds Legislature in Contempt on School Funding

Sep 12, 2014 - Philadelphia Parents Want PA Secretary of Education to Follow State Law

Sep 08, 2014 - Broken School Funding System Widens Opportunity Gaps in Wisconsin

Sep 03, 2014 - Lack of Funding Is No. 1 Challenge Facing Public Schools According to Recent Poll

Sep 02, 2014 - Civil Rights and Education Advocates Respond to Texas School Finance Court Decision

Aug 18, 2014 - Leadership Conference Calls for Fair Opportunity in Report to U.N.

Aug 08, 2014 - ELC Joins New York and New Jersey Lawsuits for Education Rights

Jul 07, 2014 - "Keep the Promise" to Fund Schools as Colorado's Constitution Requires

Jun 18, 2014 - Amici  Urge Colorado Supreme Court to Prohibit Voucher Plan

May 22, 2014 - Preschool Yearbook Finds Need for Renewed Investment

May 15, 2014 - RI Supreme Court is "Deeply Concerned" but Denies Relief to School Children

May 08, 2014 - Preschool Pays Off: Analysis of a National Model for High Quality Pre-K for Three- and Four-Year-Olds

May 05, 2014 - Taking the Right to Education Out of State Constitutions

Apr 02, 2014 - MALDEF Suit Claims New Mexico Denies Right to Education

Mar 31, 2014 - Abandon School Funding Laws Tied to Standards? KS, NJ, PA

Mar 21, 2014 - Equity Outperforms Inequity in New York and New Jersey

Mar 20, 2014 - Nevada School Funding System Among Worst In U.S.

Mar 14, 2014 - Kansas School Funding is Unconstitutional

Mar 07, 2014 - Kansas Supreme Court Stands Up for All Kansas Students

Feb 07, 2014 - Many States Fail School Funding Test, They Can Do Better

Jan 22, 2014 - Opportunity Is on Trial for Millions of Texas Students

Jan 08, 2014 - What's the Matter With Kansas' Schools?



Dec 20, 2013 - How "Stealth Inequities" Prevent Fair School Funding

Dec 13, 2013 - Lawsuit Claims North Carolina Vouchers Violate State Constitution

Dec 06, 2013 - CT School Funding Case Going to Trial, State's Motion to Dismiss Denied

Dec 05, 2013 - National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education, December 9

Dec 05, 2013 - How States Can Provide Excellent Teaching for All Students

Dec 03, 2013 - Many States Face School Funding Litigation: Update

Nov 07, 2013 - New York Times Article: In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich

Nov 06, 2013 - California's New School Funding System: Implementation Is Key

Nov 04, 2013 - Anti-Equity School Funding Lawsuit Will Continue in Federal Court

Oct 24, 2013 - Low-Income Students Becoming Majority, Fair Funding Needed

Sep 10, 2013 - 'Friends of the Court' Urge Kansas Supreme Court to Affirm Trial Court Ruling on State School Funding System

Jul 31, 2013 - North Carolina Takes a "Giant Step Backwards" on Education

Jul 24, 2013 - Paying "Huge Dividends," High Quality Pre-K Demands New Federal Investment

Jul 19, 2013 - Colorado Legislature Asks Voters for "Budget Flexibility" on School Funding

Jul 12, 2013 - Is Washington's Charter School Act Unconstitutional?

Jul 03, 2013 - Michigan Court Rules Children Have the Right to Education

Jun 27, 2013 - New Hampshire Court Strikes Down Religious School Vouchers

Jun 25, 2013 - To Increase Learning, Close Opportunity Gaps

Jun 21, 2013 - Champion of Educational Justice Award to David Long

May 29, 2013 - CO Supreme Court Rules against Plaintiff Children and Parents

May 23, 2013 - Parents Claim NYC High School Admissions Racially Biased

May 21, 2013 - "Seize the Moment!" Wade Henderson Urges Educational Equity

May 09, 2013 - Voucher Program Violates LA Constitution, Supreme Court Declares

May 03, 2013 - Voucher Schools Must Not Discriminate Against Students with Disabilities

May 02, 2013 - Online K-12 Schools: Low Performance, High Costs

May 01, 2013 - Drastic State Cuts to Pre-K Put Youngest Learners at Risk

Apr 30, 2013 - National Report Card on School Funding Honored As Outstanding Policy Report For 2013

Apr 26, 2013 - Educational Opportunity for All, Capacity Building with Equity

Apr 05, 2013 - Maryland Votes to Build Schools and Jobs

Mar 22, 2013 - Preschool Gives Kids a Big Boost and Must Be a High Priority

Mar 15, 2013 - Pennsylvania Fails Education Requirements of Its Constitution

Feb 19, 2013 - Equity Commission Calls for "Bold Action" on School Funding and Preschool

Feb 18, 2013 - Obama Embraces High Quality Preschool Model for fhe Nation

Feb 05, 2013 - Slam Dunk Victory for Texas School Children

Feb 01, 2013 - As Revenues Rise, Mixed Bag on School Funding from Governors

Jan 23, 2013 - Plaintiffs and Amici Urge California Court to Uphold Right to Education

Jan 21, 2013 - Court Orders Arizona to Obey Voters, AZ School Funding Gets an "F"

Jan 17, 2013 - Plaintiffs Win in Kansas, State Response May Create Crisis

Jan 09, 2013 - A Cautionary Tale, Threats to K-12 Education in Kansas?



Dec 18, 2012 - Latest Race to the Top Grants Go to States at Bottom on School Funding Equity

Nov 14, 2012 - California's Low Level of School Funding Declines

Oct 19, 2012 - Texas: Another State Failing to Provide Fair School Funding

Oct 16, 2012 - ELC Urges NY Commission to Champion the Right to Fair School Funding

Oct 05, 2012 - African American and Latino Students Excluded from Elite High Schools Complaint Says

Oct 02, 2012 - Plaintiffs and Amici Urge Colorado Supreme Court to Affirm Trial Court Ruling in Favor of Schoolchildren

Sep 27, 2012 - Florida's Inequitable Public School Funding Sparks Legal Challenge

Sep 20, 2012 - The Urgency of Now, 50-State Report on Education and Black Males

Sep 17, 2012 - Illinois School Funding among the Nation's Worst

Sep 07, 2012 - AEI"Parent Power" Report One-Sided, Review Finds

Sep 07, 2012 - Cuts in State Funding are Harming Georgia's Public Schools

Sep 06, 2012 - NC Court Affirms Right To Pre-K

Sep 05, 2012 - Pennsylvania Retreats From Fair School Funding

Sep 04, 2012 - Litigation Update: Kansas, South Carolina, Colorado, and More

Jul 18, 2012 - Michigan is Denying Children the Right to Read!

Jul 09, 2012 - New York School Funding Among Nation's Most Unfair

Jun 27, 2012 - New York Plaintiffs Win, Will Prepare for Trial

Jun 06, 2012 - Court Finds Colorado Shortchanges Students with Disabilities

May 15, 2012 - N.J. Governor Christie Distorts Graduation Rate Numbers

May 10, 2012 - What You Need To Know About ALEC

May 01, 2012 - New York Says, Sorry, Kids, Can't Afford You

Apr 27, 2012 - ELC Sues NJDOE Seeking Emergency Health and Safety Repairs

Apr 25, 2012 - Colorado Underfunds Programs Needed to Teach English

Apr 23, 2012 - Montana Plaintiffs Win, Prior Remedy Upheld

Apr 19, 2012 - Pro-charter Organization Issues Report on Washington, D.C.

Apr 17, 2012 - New York's Children Deserve the Opportunity to Learn

Apr 11, 2012 - Court Finds High Quality Pre-K Needed and Colorado Pre-K Weak

Apr 10, 2012 - As States Slash Pre-K Programs, Time to Make High Quality Early Education a Legal Right

Apr 04, 2012 - "School Reform" Goes to Court After Texas Cuts $5.4 Billion in School Aid

Apr 02, 2012 - ELC Urges New York State to Honor CFE Promise, as Advocates Win Better School Funding

Mar 26, 2012 - CFE Calls for New York State to Renew Its Commitment to Children

Mar 23, 2012 - ELC Presents at Salzburg Global Seminar

Mar 14, 2012 - Federal Report Shows Impact of Funding Inequity and Inexperienced Teachers

Feb 29, 2012 - School Funding System Tested in Court

Jan 07, 2012 - Washington State School Funding System Unconstitutional

Jan 06, 2012 - NCLB Waiver Applications: Omissions and Unanswered Questions

Jan 04, 2012 - Key Findings in Lobato v. State Colorado Ruling



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