School Funding Lawsuit Hits Courtroom

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The six-year-old school funding lawsuit was the focus of a court hearing in Helena where advocates asked a judge to reopen the case.

The state argued Friday that the lawsuit is moot because the Legislature has made many changes to the school funding system.

The arguments from both sides mirrored briefs they have filed this year on the issue.

The Montana Quality Education Coalition wants District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock to take another look at the case. They argue the state has failed to live up to the judge’s 2004 ruling.

The Montana attorney general’s office says the old lawsuit is no longer relevant. It says the school districts seeking more money should make their arguments in a new lawsuit.

Sherlock did not make an immediate ruling.

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