Tag Archives: Equal Protection

Illinois Supreme Court Denies Taxpayer Standing in Constitutional Challenge to School Funding Law

The Illinois state educational funding statute survived a constitutional challenge last week when the Illinois Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion by Justice Robert R. Thomas, affirmed an Appellate Court decision dismissing Carr v. Koch for lack of standing. Our pre-argument preview of Carr, which includes a detailed description of the facts and lower court rulings, … Continue Reading

Can Taxpayers Challenge the State’s School Financing System?

Our preview of the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court continues with Carr v. Koch [pdf]. Plaintiffs have challenged states’ school financing systems on constitutional grounds for nearly two generations now. The state Supreme Courts of Montana, New Jersey, Kentucky and Texas all struck down their state systems, while other challenges failed, such as San Antonio School … Continue Reading