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Why the Pandemic's Recession May Fuel Legal Push for More K-12 Aid


October 22, 2020

Could the pandemic and its economic fallout add fuel to the legal battle for more K-12 aid and the overhaul of state funding formulas?

For school finance lawyers and the scholars who follow these cases, the answer is a decisive yes.

“Advocates for public education, educators, civil rights organizations, have to really step it up now even more so than ever before to make sure that state legislatures don’t cut K-12 aid during this pandemic,” said David Sciarra, the executive director of the Education Law Center, which has litigated several school funding cases, including one in Flint, Mich., regarding aid for children diagnosed with lead poisoning. “We know that when they do, that the poorest and most vulnerable districts are always going to take it on the chin.”


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