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Franczek Radelet Represents Indiana School Districts in Lawsuit Against the State of Indiana

Three Indiana School Districts Have Filed Suit Against the State of Indiana Alleging Inequitable Funding Formula
February 23, 2010
Hamilton County, IN

Today, three Franczek Radelet clients, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Community Schools and Middlebury Community Schools, filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County against the State of Indiana arguing that their schools are not receiving sufficient funding as a result of the State’s long-held school funding formula.

According to the districts’ complaint, prepared by Franczek Radelet attorneys, the current funding system negatively affects schools with growing enrollments. Over the last 10 years, Indiana’s total student population has experienced a five percent (5%) increase. During that time, Hamilton Southeastern School’s student population has increased 114%; Franklin Township has experienced a 68% increase, and Middlebury’s student population is up 27%. However, funding has not kept pace. Under the current funding formula, this population increase is not considered; Hamilton is looking at a loss of $61 per pupil when comparing 2009 to 2011.

The plaintiffs in the case are the school corporations along with parents and their children from all three school corporations. The parents include Holly Kincaid (HSE), Krista Schulz (HSE), Tricia and Danny Reynolds (FTCSC), and Julie Whitehead (MCS).

The defendants in the case are Governor Mitch Daniels, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Chairman of the State Board of Education Tony Bennett, the Indiana State Board of Education and the State of Indiana.

The Franczek Radelet team handling this lawsuit includes Patricia J. Whitten, Michael J. Hernandez, Jennifer A. Smith, and Amy K. Dickerson.