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The Committee for Educational Equality, a group of more than 240 school districts filed a lawsuit today challenging the way Missouri distributes education funding. Specifically, the districts want to get rid of the mathematical equation the state now uses to decide how much state aid each district gets. KSMU's Missy Shelton recently spoke with the attorney for the group, Alex Bartlett about the lawsuit.
Alex Bartlett says this lawsuit is similar to the one he filed in 1993, which succeeded in the courts and resulted in the funding formula that's being challenged now. Bartlett says the current suit claims the education funding is unconstitutional because it is both inadequate and doesn't distribute money equitably. Bartlett says now that the suit's been filed, it's up to the state to respond. He says it's unlikely there will be a trial before this fall.