State chose not to suitably fund schools

Closing arguments in the state’s school-finance lawsuit were heard Wednesday, and the three-judge panel hearing the case is unlikely to announce a decision for several weeks or months. But it is difficult to imagine how this lawsuit will end differently from the last one. The Kansas Supreme Court already ruled in 2006 that the state was not suitably funding K-12 education, as required by the Kansas Constitution. The main defense the state made this time was that it can’t afford to better fund schools because of the down economy. But that argument was undermined by the tax cuts the Legislature passed this year. Clearly, the state could spend more on schools. It chose not to.