Who really won the school finance battle?

The Associated Press reported today that a judge ruled against 19 schools districts, who sued the state for more funding, from having their court fees paid for. This group, also known as Schools for Fair Funding, has the Wichita district as a member.

The district shelled out about $150,000 to help the cause. But this is the return on their investment:

  • An additional $28 million for the first year of the finance plan. $18 million for 2007-08 and $16 million for 2008-09
  • Teachers received an 11 percent raise
  • More teachers were hired
  • Expansion a couple of programs or initivatives like Multilingual Education Services on North Broadway.

So who really won?