On March 24, 1997, the Ohio Supreme Court took an important stand against the impoverishment of our state's schools. In DeRolph v. State, the court ruled that a state school funding system violates state constitutional provisions because the state school funding system fails to meet the constitutional mandate to provide a "thorough and efficient" system of public schools. Part II of this Comment will describe the procedural history of the DeRolph matter. Part III will discuss the majority opinion and its rulings on the justiciability of the matter, the inadequacies of Ohio's school funding system, and the history of the law's treatment of education funding in Ohio. Part IV will address the concurrences, which expand on the history of education funding and suggest other constitutional violations by the statutes stricken by the majority opinion. Part V will examine the dissent and expound upon the errors in its reasoning.
Note, Please Senator, I Want Some More: The General Assembly Gets an F form the DeRolph Court, 45 Clev. St. L. Rev. 773 (1997)