By basing its decision on the Kansas Constitution, the Court tried to make it impossible for the Kansas legislature to overturn or ignore it. But top legislators were not impressed. Kansas Republican Senate President Susan Wagle said that the three-judge panel resorted to “a very political and antagonistic posture in this ruling.” The Court decision tried to disparage the economic quandary of a budget deficit by calling it a “self-imposed fiscal dilemma” that would exist “with or without this Opinion.” There will be an appeal of the court’s ruling and the legislature is not likely to pass anything soon to appease the courts.
Underachievement by students is primarily due to the failure of schools to teach children to read and that does not require hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxpayer spending.
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