Does asking for more school funding do any good?

The state and school districts are still in the middle of a lawsuit over suitably funding public education. Meanwhile, the debate at the State Board of Education this week was whether it would do any good to ask the Legislature for adequate funding. “We need to recommend to the Legislature what we believe is best for our students,” said member Janet Waugh of Kansas City, Kan. But member Walt Chappell of Wichita argued that a big funding increase wouldn’t fly with lawmakers. In the end, the board voted 7-2 to recommend a $440 million increase in base state aid. That would raise base state aid to $4,492 per pupil, just above the level it was in 2008-09 before a series of state funding cuts.