Litigation in Other States
In state courts, equal protection claims were common in the 1970s and 1980s, but states won about two-thirds of those cases. However, since 1989, plaintiffs have won about two-thirds of the school funding decisions. Many of these victories resulted, in part, from a shift in legal strategy away from "equity" claims to "adequacy" claims.
Recently, plaintiffs in New York won a suit in which the court ordered that New York City public schools receive an additional $5.63 billion for annual operating aid.