Twenty-two school districts filed a lawsuit reported today by NPR Illinois against the State of Illinois. They want $7.2 billion and they want it now.
Based on what?
That would be the state’s own law about “adequacy” for school funding. It’s “evidence based,” after all. It’s in the new school funding formula passed into law in August that pretty much everybody in Springfield has been bragging about.
Add that “evidence” about “adequacy” to the state’s constitution, which imposes the “primary responsibility” for financing public schools on the state and you have yourself a lawsuit.
Maybe the lawsuit has little chance of succeeding, but that’s anybody’s guess since the Illinois courts that will hear it are political. Regardless, it’s blood from a turnip even if it succeeds.
–Mark Glennon is founder and Executive Editor of Wirepoints.