Leandro school funding case continues this week
The next hearing for Leandro is set for tomorrow at 9 a.m., and will mark the latest update in the longstanding school funding case after groups filed briefs ahead of this week’s court hearing.
- The upcoming hearing comes also after Justice Paul Newby ordered the removal of Superior Court Judge David Lee from overseeing the Leandro case in favor of his Republican colleague and fellow alumnus, Judge Michael Robinson
- In the past few years, Judge Lee has stood firm in demanding legislators fund the Leandro remedial plan that lays out the blueprint to ensure students across the state have the opportunity to obtain a sound, basic education as guaranteed in the state constitution.
- Recent numbers from the State Budget Office highlights the shortcomings Republicans had towards funding the Comprehensive Remedial plan. The detailed accounting paints a clear picture that investments were disregarded, with only 55% of the first two years of the remedial plan ordered by the court having been given the necessary resources.
Evidence pointing to the shortcomings towards funding the remedial plan cannot be ignored by Judge Robinson or state Republicans leaders.
With funding readily available to fully cover the first two years of the plan, the unwillingness of Republicans to adhere to the court order begs into question why they are so adamant on refusing to ensure every child has access to a quality public school education.