The Oregon School Funding Defense Coalition has filed a lawsuit against the State of Oregon alleging that "lawmakers have failed in their constitutional duty to adequately fund schools."
From the plaintiff's announcement:
In the Multnomah Co. Circuit Court filing, the plaintiffs, supported by the Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation, said, “This lawsuit is being filed to ensure that Oregon’s children receive the high-quality public education to which they are constitutionally entitled.”
“The state is not meeting its constitutional mandate to adequately fund public education,” said Paul Kelly, Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation board chair. “The Legislature has failed to fund our schools at a level sufficient to meet the quality goals established by law in 1991.”
Two provisions of Oregon’s constitution are at the heart of the lawsuit against the state. Article VIII, Section 8, which requires the Legislature to appropriate in each biennium a sum of money “sufficient to ensure that the state’s system of K-12 public education meets quality goals established by law;” and Article VIII, Section 3, which requires the Legislature to “provide by law for the establishment of a uniform and general system of Common schools.”