Battling About Education Money

1 decade 8 months 17 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2007 Oct 18, 2007 Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:38:29 AM CDT October 18, 2007 in News

About half of the state's 524 public schools districts brought the lawsuit. They claim Missouri doesn't give enough money to public schools and doesn't distribute it fairly.

In late August, a judge rejected most of the schools' arguments. Wednesday, the judge also rejected the claim that the state failed to meet a constitutional requirement that 25 percent of its budget go to public schools.

Governor Matt Blunt said the ruling reinforces that the state is more than meeting its constutional duties, and education is a top prority.

A lawyer for the schools says the judge's decision was not a surprise.

"Really this is something that involves all of the public schools in Missouri and 900,000 kids in those schools, and it's a disappointing day for the system," Alex Bartlett, a lawyer for school districts, said.

Bartlett says the schools will likely appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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