The purpose of this essay is to examine recent school funding litigation to illuminate the interest convergence paradigm, using the school finance reform controversy in Ohio as an example. Part I describes how the school finance reform debate is an extension of our nation's desegregation history. Part II looks at the school funding controversy in Ohio, highlighting legislator and citizen attitudes toward school finance litigation and public school funding along racial and geographic lines. Part III identifies six interests which emerge in the school funding dispute, arguing that these interests must be taken into account by legislators in crafting school finance policy. This essay concludes by asserting that while some of these interests can be viewed as race-neutral, our nation's desegregation struggle, and the racing of school finance reform efforts lurking just beneath, must be addressed in order to achieve effective solutions to school finance dilemmas.
The H’aint in the (School) House: The Interest Convergence Paradigm in State Legislatures and School Finance Reform, 43 CAL. W. L. REV. 173