The Council for Fair School Finance is a coalition of education and civil rights groups preparing to file a lawsuit if the state Legislature and governor fail to approve significant new funding for public education this spring. This nonprofit council is modeled on a previous group that fought for fair school funding from the late 1970s until 2005, litigating the landmark McDuffy and Hancock legal cases.
Who We Are
The council includes:
The council is reconvening after a 14-year hiatus because the Commonwealth’s failure to sufficiently fund public education violates the Education Clause of the Massachusetts Constitution. In the 1993 McDuffy case, the Supreme Judicial Court declared what a constitutionally adequate education system must accomplish for its students.
In the 2005 Hancock decision, the court told the Commonwealth’s executive and legislative branches to keep working toward accomplishing what the Education Clause commands. Since Hancock, however, the Commonwealth has faltered, severely and repeatedly. Its so-called reforms have not improved education, closed the achievement gap, or provided communities in need with the financial resources to meet their constitutional duty.