As kids across the country complete their back-to-school shopping and return to the classroom, lawyers are busy preparing for the courtroom. Battles over school budgets are on the rise as educators struggle to leave no child behind.
Steve Smith, senior education policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures
Bob Spearman, attorney who represented poor counties in North Carolina's Leandro case, a suit against the state which sought increased funding for public schools. State Supreme Court ruled in school's favor on July 30.
Eric Hanushek, senior fellow at Hoover Institution. Professor of education and economics at Stanford University.