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CA Lawsuit Seeks To Overhaul School Finance System

Publication Date: 
May 20, 2010
Source: 
San Francisco Chronicle - AP
Author: 
Terence Chea

The Youth and Education Law Project (YELP) of the Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School is co-counsel with Bingham McCutchen in Robles-Wong v. California representing individual plaintiffs, including the named plaintiff Maya Robles-Wong.

The San Francisco Chronicle ran this AP coverage:

A coalition of students, school districts and education groups sued the state of California on Thursday, seeking to force the governor and Legislature to develop a new system to fund its cash-strapped public schools.

The lawsuit asks the court to declare the current school finance system unconstitutional because the state doesn't provide enough money to cover its educational mandates and programs.

The complaint was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by more than 60 students, nine school districts and groups representing school boards, administrators and parent-teacher associations.

"The real problem is the state is not providing the support my school needs to teach me everything I need," said Maya Robles-Wong, an 11th grade student in Alameda who is one of the plaintiffs.