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Educators Hope Lawsuit Shines Light On State's Broken School Funding System

Publication Date: 
May 20, 2010
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Tracy Garcia

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. Under the direction of Professor Bill Koski, the Youth and Education Law Project provides Stanford Law students the opportunity to represent youth and families in special education and school discipline matters, community outreach and education, school reform litigation, policy research, and legal advocacy. This lawsuit asks the court to compel the State of California to align its school finance system—its funding policies and mechanisms—with the educational program that the State has put in place.

Tracy Garcia of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune filed this story:

Education officials in the Whittier and San Gabriel Valley areas say they're hopeful a lawsuit filed against the state Thursday will go a long way toward fixing the "dysfunctional" way it currently allocates school dollars.

The case, Robles-Wong et al. v. State of California, was filed Thursday in Alameda County on behalf of several plaintiffs: the California School Boards Association, the Association of California School Administrators, the California State PTA, nine school districts and 60 individual students and families.