School Lawsuit Shot Down

The constitutionality of the funding question for the lawsuit brought forward by a majority of South Dakota’s school districts seeking increased funding was shot down today by Circuit Court Judge Lori Wilbur because it was ruled they cannot use tax dollars to help fund the suit.

Circuit Judge Lori Wilbur of Pierre says school districts do not have legal standing to seek a court judgment on the constitutionality of the state’s school funding system. She says the districts also cannot pay money to a coalition to support the lawsuit.

More than two-thirds of the state’s school districts have been financing a lawsuit challenging the school funding system. That case goes to trial September 2.


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