Zuni Sch. Dist. v. State of New Mexico, No. CV-98-14-II (Dist. Ct., McKinley County Oct. 14, 1999).


Plaintiffs, low-property-wealth school districts, claimed the state’s system of school finance was unconstitutional with respect to capital funding. The court granted partial summary judgment to plaintiffs in October 1999 and ordered the state to establish a uniform funding system for capital improvements. The state adopted a new capital funding system intended to establish a standards-based, adequacy level for facilities in all districts. In January 2002 a special master reported that the state was making a good faith effort to comply with the court's order, and in the summer of 2002, over the plaintiffs’ objections, the court approved the special master's report. More information is available at