As this article notes, the court system has served as "an increasingly important forum in the attempts to remedy the persistent gaps in American education." One strategy that legal advocates have used over the past 20 years has been finance adequacy litigation - that is, suing districts or states for underfunding certain schools. This article from Open Educational Resources, examines the relationship between school finance adequacy litigation and academic proficiency. Readers may like to begin with the summary, which outlines the argument and findings of the article. For a more in-depth understanding, readers may then continue to read the Introduction, Methodology, Data, Results, and Conclusions. Figure 1, in the results section, is especially helpful as it visually articulates the argument that, in fact, successful adequacy litigation does not seem to increase student outcomes.
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