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Bartlett Anticipates an Appeal.

Date: October 17, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: A Cole County Circuit Court ruled Wednesday that the state is providing adequate funding to the state's public schools.

Benjamin DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more.

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The Circuit judge in the funding lawsuit decided the state is putting the required 25 percent of their budget into funding for state schools.

The Committee on Educational Equality brought the lawsuit against the state representing more than half of the schools within Missouri.

Alex Bartlett, the Committee's lawyer, says the committee will now begin to consider the appeal process.

 

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Description: I would anticipate that there would be an appeal.


Bartlett says the recent ruling is contradictory to a 1993 Circuit Court ruling which says the 25 percent minimum may not be sufficient to fund schools.

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.


Intro: The Committee on Educational Equality and the 250-plus schools it represents were dealt another blow Wednesday when the Cole County Circuit Court ruled in favor of the state in the final section of the school funding lawsuit. 

Benjamin DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more.

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 The Court's decision says the state is providing adequate funding to public schools by putting at least 25 percent of their budget into education.

Alex Bartlett, the Committee's lawyer, says he thinks the Committe is likely to appeal the ruling.

A 1993 case in the Cole County Circuit Court found that the 25 percent minimum may not constitute sufficient funding for public schools.

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Description: This decision by Judge Callahan is 180 degrees contrary to the decision by Judge Kinder back in 1993.


Though Bartlett says an appeal is probable, he also says the Committee is only begining to look into that option.

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.