Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Chances of school funding appeal dim, analyst says

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - The likelihood of Ohio schools succeeding in a federal appeal of the state's funding woes is slim at best, analyst says.

The U.S. Supreme Court told states 30 years ago to take up school-funding concerns with state, not federal, courts.

"This is a waste of time and energy," Case Western University law professor Jonathan Entin said Tuesday. "I see no possibility the U.S. Supreme Court would consider this case, so instead of wasting their time on a fruitless petition, they ought to sit down right down and consider a better strategy because this one is clearly not going to work."

The Coalition for Equity & Adequacy in School Funding said Tuesday that in August it will ask the nation's top court for permission to file a federal appeal.

The coalition, which represents 513 Ohio districts, spent a dozen years suing in Ohio courts over the state's school-funding system. The group said the system creates disparities between rich and poor districts by relying too much on local property taxes.

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