Our Work


Glendale Elementary et al. v. State of Arizona; School Facilities Board

Thu, 05/04/2017

On Monday, May 1, 2017 the Center, along with Mary R. O’Grady from Osborn Maledon, filed a lawsuit on behalf of public school districts across the state challenging the State's failure to adequately fund public schools. The plaintiff group includes the Arizona School Boards Association, Arizona Education Association, Arizona School Administrators, Arizona Association of School Business Officials, Elfrida Elementary School District, Chino Valley Unified School District, Crane Elementary School District, Glendale Elementary School District and Kathy Knecht, a private citizen who resides in the city of Peoria.  

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Garcia v. Reagan

Sun, 03/29/2015

 On March 27, 2015, the Center filed Garcia v. Reagan, a lawsuit that challenges the Legislature's referral of a proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution that would amend the Constition to allow the legislature to divert State Trust Land funds away from schools and use it to replace general fund appropriations.  Just as they did in 2009 when we successfully sued to stop them in Rumery v. Baier, the legislators are proposed to use millions of dollars from the sale of State Trust Lands to fund the state land department.

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Pederson v. Bennett

Tue, 07/10/2012

Center Attorneys, Tim Hogan and Joy Herr-Cardillo, as well as several other Arizona attorneys, have teamed up with Center Board Member (and former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice) Stanley Feldman to bring a mandamus action against Secretary of State Ken Bennett after he refused to complete the validation process for the Quality Education and Jobs Citizens’ Initiative petitions that contained 290,849 signatures –the most ever collected in the state's history for a citizens' statutory initiative.

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Niehaus v. Huppenthal

Mon, 01/30/2012


Just two years after the Arizona Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the voucher program in Cain v. Horne, the Arizona legislature did it again:  enacted an unconstitutional voucher program supposedly tailored to help disabled children, but really intended to ultimately lead to the defunding of public schools.

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Cave Creek Unified School District et al. v. State of Arizona

Thu, 11/18/2010

The state is once again refusing to adequately fund education and by doing so, is in violation of its own laws.  This time, the state has failed to update the school funding formula by using all of the inflation adjustments required by Proposition 301, a referendum approved by a majority of Arizona voters.

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Rumery et al. v. Baier

Mon, 10/11/2010

The Arizona Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional the legislature's attempt to use state trust land proceeds to fund the State Land Department.  In 2009, the legislature passed a bill funneling state trust land proceeds, which formerly went straight to fund education, into administrative costs.  The Center has successfully challenged that bill and as a result these dollars will be put back where they belong.

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Sierra Vista Unified School District et al. v. State of Arizona

Mon, 10/11/2010

This longtime Center case is yet another example of the Center's mission to defend public education. Although the Center won a 1994 victory requiring the state to adequately fund school buildings and facilities, the legislature still refuses to do so. The Center is comitted to force the state to provide the funding needed for a proper education. 

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Flores v. Huppenthal et. al

Thu, 09/09/2010

On March 29, 2013, district court judge Raner Collins vacated the judgment in the twenty year-old case which challenged  the state's denial of equal educational access to a large percentage of Arizona's schoolchildren.  The Center has appealed the disappointing ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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