The more than 200 school districts involved in the lawsuit over the constitutionality of Missouri’s school funding formula are expected to decide, this week, whether to file an appeal of their lower court loss to the State Supreme Court. And, a watchdog group is urging the districts to stop spending money.
Former State Representative Carl Bearden, who is now State Director of the Missouri chapter of Americans for Prosperity, says the decision that came out of Cole County Circuit Court should be the final word on the matter.
Cole County Judge Richard Callahan ruled against the plaintiffs’ claim that the funding formula was inadequate and unequal. Bearden says the districts spent $3.2-Million in legal fees with their attorneys, while the State spent an additional $1.4-Million on the defense. Bearden says it is all taxpayer money that could have been better spent elsewhere.
To learn how much individual school districts have spent on legal fees, go to www.fightthewaste.com .