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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ind. Decisions - More on: Supreme Court dismisses school finance plaintiffs' arguments

Updating this ILB entry from Tuesday on the Supreme Court's decision in Bonner v. Daniels, Karen Francisco of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an item today in the JG blog, Learning Curve, headed "Wanted: Public ed supporters." It begins:

There's disappointing news from the Indiana Supreme Court regarding Bonner v. Daniels, the class-action suit alleging the state does not meet its constitutional obligation to provide a "general and uniform" public education system.

Marcia Oddi at Indianalawblog.com reports the state's highest court has dismissed the lawsuit.

"We conclude that the framers and ratifiers certainly sought to establish a state system of free common schools but not to create a constitutional right to be educated to a certain quality or other output standard," states the majority opinion.

Put simply: We believe the state's founders wanted to establish schools, but they didn't intend for all of them to be good schools.

The decision means the gap between the haves and the have-nots in Indiana public schools will continue.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 4, 2009 08:34 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions