School Finance and the Courts
In a recent Education Week Commentary, attorney Alfred A. Lindseth, who specializes in school finance litigation, argues that state courts
are becoming more reluctant to intervene in school funding lawsuits that seek more money for K-12 schools.
The reasons? Despite a history of awarding school funding increases in some states, courts are realizing that schools alone are not responsible for the faults of American education, he writes. Judges also question whether increased spending will boost student achievement, and whether courts should be making these decisions in the first place.
What do you think? Have the courts overstepped their bounds in making school finance decisions? What role should the courts play in deciding education policy and funding?