Young v. Williams (Franklin Cty. Cir. Ct. 2003).

This case challenges the state’s current system of school finance on adequacy and equity grounds.  A trial date has not been set.  More information is available at


Rose v. Council for Better Educ., 790 S.W.2d 186 (Ky. 1989).

The Kentucky Supreme Court held that education is a fundamental right and that the state’s common school system did not satisfy the constitutional requirement that the General Assembly provide and efficient system of common schools throughout state.

The Court defined what would be necessary for an efficient system of education.

“[A]n efficient system of education must have as its goal to provide each and every child with at least the seven following capacities:  (i) sufficient oral and written communication skills to enable students to function in a complex and rapidly changing civilization; (ii) sufficient knowledge of economic, social, and political systems to enable the student to make informed choices; (iii) sufficient understanding of governmental processes to enable the student to understand the issues that affect his or her community, state, and nation; (iv) sufficient self-knowledge and knowledge of his or her mental and physical wellness; (v) sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each student to appreciate his or her cultural and historical heritage; (vi) sufficient training or preparation for advanced training in either academic or vocational fields so as to enable each child to choose and pursue life work intelligently; and (vii) sufficient levels of academic or vocational skills to enable public school students to compete favorably with their counterparts in surrounding states, in academics or in the job market.” 790 S.W.2d at 212.