NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A Hamilton County judge has denied a motion by
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to dismiss a lawsuit filed by school districts
that say Indiana’s school funding formula is unfair to growing districts.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven
Nation’s ruling means the lawsuit can proceed, barring an out-of-court
settlement or a successful appeal.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he’ll review the state’s
litigation options. He says only the General Assembly has the power to
change the school funding formula and that schools shouldn’t use state money
to sue the state.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury
Community Schools say the school formula violates the state constitution’s
requirement for “general and uniform” public education funding because
districts get different per-pupil amounts.