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School systems say they have standing to sue over state funding formula

Associated Press
June 12, 2010
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Three Indiana school systems that claim in a lawsuit that the formula for distributing state school funding penalizes growing districts say they have the legal standing to sue.

The state asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, claiming that the districts don't have the authority to challenge the constitutionality of a state law. The school systems on Friday filed their response.

It's not clear when a ruling might come on the state's motion to dismiss the case. The lawsuit was filed in February.

Hamilton Southeastern schools north of Indianapolis, Middlebury Community Schools in Elkhart County and Franklin Township schools in Indianapolis say the state is not uniformly distributing school aid as required by the constitution.
 

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  • Math Problem
    This is a great opportunity to give studens, especially HS students, an opportunity to problem-solve, see how gov't works, see how taxation works, see how school budgets work. Give this to the students and they will come up with good ideas to both spend and save money.
  • Role Reversal
    You can be assured if it was an urban school (ie;IPS or Gary) being short changed, not only would local newspapers be all over the inequality, but so would AL Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Since the state took over control of ALL the school funding, schools should be funded equally....yes, even those that educate white children who are from well-to-do families.
  • AG's Position
    I have doubts about the merits of this lawsuit. However, the Attorney General's office needs to be slapped down by the courts for continuing to take meritless positions. Of course the school districts have authority to sue. They're incorporated for pete's sake.

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