School funds cut lawsuit
September 30, 2011
Arguments by some state school leaders that $2 billion in current budget cuts to public schools are unconstitutional will be decided in court. [SanJoseMercuryNews]
Lawyers for school districts and education groups filed a lawsuit this week in which they ask for the restoration of the money, asserting it is owed under state law.
The action was filed in San Francisco by the California School Boards Association, Association of California School Administrators, and the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Turlock school districts. Complainants allege that Prop. 98, passed by state voters in 1988, guarantees public schools a minimum level of funding.
Defendants include the state of California, State Controller John Chaing, Director of Finance Ana J. Matosantos, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.