Cheyenne, Wy – A district court has ruled on the school finance model and says the state is in substantial compliance with the Supreme Court's requirements. It means that with some fine tuning the state is closer to finally having a sanctioned school funding model. The attorney who has handled the most recent case for the state is Mike O'Donnell. He says the district court ruling is a big deal; proving the system is constitutional.
O'Donnell says issues ranging from vocational education and regional cost of living issues still need to be resolved, but he thinks a lot of those issues will be fixed as legislators finish retooling the school funding model this year. One of the attorneys challenging the state says there are parts of this decision they will likely appeal to the Supreme Court, but he says overall it is a good decision for the children of the state.