School Boards Set to Sue State

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 7:02 PM PDT
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School Boards Set to Sue State

Our schools could end up as plaintiffs in a suit filed against the state.

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Everyone knows if you’re owed money and someone doesn’t pay up, you sue. You may soon be able to add our cash-strapped school systems to the list of sue-happy Californians.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, an organization that represents more than 1,000 school boards across California vows to sue the state of California over chronically under-funded schools.

The California Constitution requires that lawmakers "provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported."

The suit will allege that the state violates that provision by not ensuring adequate support, according to the paper.

"Nobody can rationally assert that the system is adequately supported," said Scott Plotkin, executive director of the California School Boards Association, which he said will file suit by the end of the year.

This just might work. Two years ago, the same organization sued the state arguing that lawmakers didn’t fully fund a number of programs and won.

For more on the precedent set by other states in similar suits, read the full article in the San Jose Mercury News.

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