Rural School Funding News: Georgia Case Withdrawn

Last Updated: October 10, 2008

This article appeared in the October 2008 Rural Policy Matters

The Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia (CASFG) has withdrawn its lawsuit against the state after the case was abruptly transferred to a new judge just weeks before the trial was scheduled to begin.

In an effort to address a state budget crisis, the state judiciary suspended the use of senior judges, including Judge Elizabeth Long, who had handled the case for three years. Plaintiff districts had overcome several important procedural hurdles to ensure that their case would proceed to trial.

CASFG plans to regroup and re-file the suit soon.

The group of mainly rural districts sued the state in 2004 claiming that Georgia is not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide an adequate education. Severe budget cuts in recent years have exacerbated the problems, and coalition leaders express confidence that shared financial concerns will bring more districts to the cause.

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