“The underfunding of Kansas public schools has been a long-running problem made worse by both parties in budget pinches over the years,” a New York Times editorial observed. “But the schools’ fiscal agony took a precipitous turn last year when statehouse Republicans decided that an encouraging postrecession increase in revenues was the perfect moment for a huge tax cut, rather than for the overdue restoration of school aid to levels mandated under the state constitution.” Noting the school districts’ lawsuit that was the subject of a state Supreme Court hearing last week, the editorial advised the high court to uphold a lower court’s order that funding be increased by at least $440 million “while making it clear that the Legislature does not have the power to unilaterally shortchange schoolchildren.”
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