Parents will drop lawsuit as lawmakers move to fully fund initial year of landmark education bill

Who We Are

 

The nonprofit Council for Fair School Finance 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.

Massachusetts Teachers Association

American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts

Boston Teachers Union

Citizens for Public Schools

Lawyers for Civil Rights

Massachusetts Association of School Committees

Massachusetts PTA

New England Area Conference of the NAACP

Why Has the Council Reconvened?

The council has reconvened 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.