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California court rules state may reduce education funding by diverting state revenues to other purposes

A San Francisco Superior Court has tentatively ruled that California lawmakers can reduce education funding by diverting state revenues into new pots of money, reports the Sacramento Bee. School boards and administrators sued the state in the fall of 2011, alleging that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers had shortchanged schools by shifting about $5 billion in sales tax revenues to counties in a new realignment fund.

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Coalition of California education advocates and school districts sue state over funding cuts

According to an Associated Press (AP) report in Education Week, the California School Boards Association (CSBA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Turlock school districts have filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court against the State of California seeking the restoration of more than $2 billion in funding the plaintiffs claim are owed to school districts under state law.

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CSBA suit charges California has shackled local school districts with billions in unfunded mandates

According to Courthouse News Service, The California School Boards Association’s (CSBA) legal wing, Education Legal Alliance (ELA), has filed suit in state court against California, the Commission on State Mandates, state Controller John Chiang and state Finance Director Ana Mantosantos, alleging that they have saddled local school districts with billions of dollars of expenses accrued in carrying out state imposed programs. ELA’s suit charges that even though a 1979 amendment to the state constitution “prevent[s] the state from forcing programs on local governments, including school districts, without paying for them,” California has been “deferring” reimbursements for years, budgeting only $1,000 per mandate while “carrying the remainder of the reimbursement obligation as ‘debt’ owed to local governments, including school districts.”

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