North Dakota Funding Lawsuit on Hold

Last Updated: April 01, 2006

This article appeared in the April 2006 Rural Policy Matters.

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Nine school districts in North Dakota have agreed to stay a school funding lawsuit pending the outcome of the next legislative session. The lawsuit, Williston Public School District No. 1 v. State, alleges inadequate and inequitable school funding due in part to heavy reliance on local property taxes and lack of equalization in the calculations that determine distribution of the state portion of funding. The agreement reached by the plaintiff districts and the state is known as the Education Funding Plan and hinges on two key components. Governor John Hoeven will create the North Dakota Commission on Education Improvement, which will make recommendations to the Legislature for ways to improve the finance formula. In addition, Governor Hoeven will recommend an increase of at least $60 million for K-12 education in the 2007 executive budget to the Legislature.


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