Of course the state lost school-funding lawsuit

It was no surprise that a three-judge panel ruled Friday that state funding for public schools is unconstitutionally low. After all, the Kansas Supreme Court reached the same decision in 2006, and the state agreed to a significant funding increase. But when the recession hit, the state began abandoning that promise and cutting spending, to the point where per-pupil base aid is now lower than it was in 2006. The Brownback administration and many lawmakers have acted as if that earlier court ruling never happened, and they no doubt will appeal this case to the Supreme Court. But why would the result be any different this time?