This Article evaluates the influence of federal courts' school finance cases on the New York school finance groups' decision to litigate in the New York courts. It then analyzes the importance of other states' legal precedents in school finance cases as a factor influencing interest groups in New York to challenge the state's public education funding formulas. This Article discusses the progression of public elementary and secondary school funding formula litigation in New York, focusing on the legal arguments raised by various interest group-plaintiffs and tracing the development of those arguments to school finance cases in other states. The conclusion of this Article highlights the potential course of school finance reform in New York State by advocating a litigation strategy centered around the adequacy of public schools, not each schools equality with other schools in the state.
Brian J. Nickerson and Gernard M. Deenihan,
From Equity to Adequacy: The Legal Battle for Increased State Funding of Poor School Districts in New York,
30 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1341
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