Ore. Supreme Court denies lawyer fees for schools

PORTLAND — The Oregon Supreme Court has denied attorney fees to school districts that sued the state over failure to adequately fund public schools from 2005 to 2007.

The court ruled in January that the Legislature failed to meet its state constitutional requirement to provide adequate school funding during that biennium.

But the court also decided it did not have the power to force the Legislature to increase funding.

In a sharply divided opinion issued Thursday, the court awarded the schools $1,056.55 to pay the costs of filing the paperwork in the lawsuit.

But the court denied the districts more than $100,000 in attorney fees.

The lawsuit was led by the Pendleton School District and involved 18 school districts across the state.

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