Rose v. Council for Better Education, Inc.
Kentucky Supreme Court
790 S.W.2d 186 (1989)
The Council for Better Education (council) (plaintiff) was a Kentucky nonprofit organization with 66 local school districts as its members. The council, along with various school districts and students (plaintiffs), sued state government officials (defendants), seeking a declaration that Kentucky’s education system was inefficient and therefore violated the Kentucky Constitution. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the school-finance laws adopted by the state legislature provided inadequate funding, relied excessively on the resources of local school boards, and created unequal educational opportunities across school districts. Statistics and evidence from expert witnesses showed that children living in wealthier districts with higher property values had greater educational opportunities, in terms of both diversity of curriculum and quality of instruction, than children living in poorer districts with low property values. Additionally, the evidence showed that in national rankings, Kentucky consistently ranked in the bottom 25 percent in almost all categories of educational performance. Based on the evidence, the trial court held that Kentucky’s public-education system violated the state constitution. On appeal, the Kentucky Supreme Court granted review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stephens, C.J.)
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