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Here is another case in which I'll bet the economy plays some role. A coalition of school districts in Washington state has filed a legal action complaining that the state does not adequately fund special education in violation of the state constitution. Here is a brief history of the lawsuit by the Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education. The Alliance got the trial court to rule that a cap on the number of special education kids the state would pay for to be unconstitutional, but upheld the overall funding formula. The appellate level court affirmed. On June 22nd, the state supreme court heard oral arguments. Here is a news account by the Issaquah Press.