As discussed here, a constitutional amendment to strip state courts of power in K-12 funding lawsuits have not advanced out of the Senate Education Committee.
SJR 4 contains three key sections.
- The legislature alone is to decide funding levels and to “rationally determine” what those levels are.
- The legislature alone is to equitably allocate funding among the school districts in order to have adequate, thorough and efficient schools.
- The judiciary may declare a system of public school funding in violation of the constitution, but cannot order the legislature to take any action to generate revenue, through taxation or otherwise in order to fulfill its duties to fully fund the public school system.