Legal bill for school funding lawsuit tops $12 million - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Legal bill for school funding lawsuit tops $12 million

(Columbia-AP) February 12, 2006 - The legal costs for South Carolina's trial on school funding have surpassed more than $12 million.

And more than half that amount has come from public funds.

Figures compiled by The State newspaper in Columbia say the trial's total bills run $12.39 million.

That's about the same amount as the annual budget for Marion Seven School District, one of those involved in the suit.

Taxpayers have footed the bill for $6.5 million of that total.

The rest of the amount is from the cost of time and resources a Columbia law firm says it has used helping rural school districts sue South Carolina.

The costs will likely continue to rise now that attorneys for rural schools have asked Circuit Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. to reconsider his December ruling. Cooper found the state meets its constitutional obligation to give children a chance at a "minimally adequate education."

Attorneys for the rural schools have until April 3 to outline their reasons why Cooper should change his decision.

Posted 6:47pm by Graeme Moore

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory issued for Sunday, storms on tap for Monday

    FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory issued for Sunday, storms on tap for Monday

    Sunday, June 24 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-06-24 22:31:11 GMT
    This Evening: Staying humid, but a line of storms will move across the Midlands at 30 percent probability. Some storms will be strong. (Source: WIS)This Evening: Staying humid, but a line of storms will move across the Midlands at 30 percent probability. Some storms will be strong. (Source: WIS)

    Today, a weak system is expected to come through the Midlands. It will bring a better chance of afternoon showers and storms

    More >>

    Today, a weak system is expected to come through the Midlands. It will bring a better chance of afternoon showers and storms

    More >>
  • Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

    Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

    Sunday, June 24 2018 4:24 AM EDT2018-06-24 08:24:57 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-06-24 22:27:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

    More >>

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

    More >>
  • 'Game of Thrones' co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

    'Game of Thrones' co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:05 AM EDT2018-06-23 14:05:01 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 6:24 PM EDT2018-06-24 22:24:43 GMT
    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland. (Source: AP Photos)Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland. (Source: AP Photos)

    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland.

    More >>

    Former "Game of Thrones" co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are marrying at the bride's family castle in Scotland.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly