Editorial: Court not to blame for school funding issues

“Apparently Wagle doesn’t understand the court’s role in a democracy and its responsibility to uphold the Kansas Constitution. Also, the Legislature’s own attempts in recent years to limit lawsuits and restrict the court’s authority are recognition of the court’s role in school funding.
It’s also noteworthy that Wagle didn’t argue that the state is meeting its constitutional requirement to suitably finance K-12 education. The state’s attorneys also focused mostly on technical issues about legal standing and not adequate funding during last month’s Supreme Court hearing.
‘In doing so, they’re clearly admitting that if they lose, there’s no evidence to suggest Kansas education funding is adequate for our kids,’ said Wichita attorney Alan Rupe, who represented school districts in the lawsuit.
The Legislature’s own studies concluded that the state is not suitably funding schools. These studies, not judicial activism, helped form the basis of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the state in 2006, which resulted in the Legislature agreeing to significantly increase school funding.”
Read more here:http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/13/3113533/eagle-editorial-court-not-to-blame.html#storylink=cpy

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