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Jones v. State Bd. of Elementary and Secondary Educ., 2005 La. App. LEXIS 2346 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2005). 

Defendant, the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education succeeded against plaintiffs, several individuals and school boards, who filed petitions for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief, and alternatively for mandamus, alleging that the state school funding formula’s omission of capital funding for schools violates the state constitutional provision for a minimum foundation program and equitable funding among school districts, and violates their rights to equal protection under the state and federal constitutions. 

Charlet v. State of Louisiana, 713 So. 2d 1199 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1998), writ denied 730 S.2d 934 (La. 1998).

The state appellate court reversed the lower court’s denial of summary judgment to the defendants in this action, and dismissed plaintiffs’ claim that the state’s system of school funding violated their state constitutional right to equal protection and their claim that the state had failed to provide sufficient funding to satisfy the state constitutional requirement of a “minimum foundation program” of education.  The state supreme court denied plaintiffs’ writ of review.