On Monday lawyers for students in some of the poorest school districts in Massachusetts will have 15 minutes to persuade the state's Supreme Judicial Court that the state has yet to meet its constitutional obligation to provide an adequate education to every child in the state.
Monday's hearing is the latest chapter in the remedy phase of the 1993 McDuffy case, in which the court found that Part II, chapter 5, section 2 of the state constitution imposed educational duties on the state. Superior Court Judge Margot Botsford, assigned last year to hear evidence and make recommendations, issued the report [PDF] that led to tomorrow's hearing. School districts suing the state say crowded classrooms and unsafe facilities are common, and the best teachers are frequently lost to wealthier suburbs. AP has more.