Court rejects challenge to funding formula

PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge this month dismissed a lawsuit from the Pawtucket and Woonsocket school departments challenging the state’s new education-funding formula, upholding the constitutionality of the formula. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



law

Court rejects challenge to funding formula

Posted 7/23/12

PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge this month dismissed a lawsuit from the Pawtucket and Woonsocket school departments challenging the state’s new education-funding formula, upholding the constitutionality of the formula.

The Valley Breeze reported that Judge Netti C. Vogel concluded that the funding formula is the responsibility of the General Assembly, not the courts. The newspaper reported that Vogel wrote the court would only interfere with the General Assembly “when the legislation at issue could palpably and unmistakably be characterized as an excess of legislative power.”

The five-count claim listed as defendants Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, House Speaker Gordon Fox, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and the entire General Assembly. The school departments argued that the legislature fell short in its constitutional duty to promote public schools, as governed by the Rhode Island Constitution’s Education Clause.

Officials from Pawtucket and Woonsocket schools had also claimed that the 2010 funding formula was inadequate to meet the needs of children in those two districts, the newspaper reported. •

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Please join PBN on September 10th for the 3rd Annual Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies program at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport. Seating is limited so be sure to register early.
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement