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High court to hear school funding, warrant cases

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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in two cases, including one regarding the state's school funding system.

Justices will hear arguments at 9 a.m. in Philip-Anthony Bonner, et al. v. Mitch Daniels, et al., No. 49S02-0809-CV-525, in which nine public school students and their families filed the class-action suit claiming the school funding formula violates the Indiana Constitution's Education Clause. The plaintiffs argued the formula didn't provide enough money for all children to have a fair chance to learn. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in the first-impression case that courts have the authority to review the funding formula to determine whether Indiana is meeting the constitutional requirement to provide quality public education for every student. Judge Ezra Friedlander dissented, agreeing with former Marion Superior Judge Cale Bradford, who dismissed the suit because school funding is a political issue not appropriate for the courts.

Justices will also hear arguments in George Jackson v. State of Indiana, No. 48S02-0809-CR-513, in which the Court of Appeals reversed Jackson's conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. The appellate court held the warrant to search Jackson's home was invalid and the evidence wasn't otherwise admissible under the good faith exception. Arguments begin at 9:45 a.m.

Both arguments will be webcast live on the Indiana Court's Web site.

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