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City of Pawtucket v. Sundlun, 662 A.2d 40 (R.I. 1995).

The Rhode Island Supreme Court upheld the state system of school finance against plaintiffs’ claim that it violated the education clause of the state constitution, ruling that this issue was within the province of the legislature, and against plaintiffs’ equal protection claim, ruling that the state’s system was rationally related to the legitimate state interest in maintaining local control over education.  The Court also ruled that the issue of compliance with the education clause of the state constitution was a political question, appropriate for resolution by the legislature.