Today's action by the Kansas Supreme Court is good news for state lawmakers in the short term. By declining to reopen the Montoy lawsuit, the court has denied the 74 districts in the Schools for Fair Funding group a shortcut to more court-ordered state money. If the districts want to pursue a legal challenge to the recent funding cuts, they'll have to start over with a new lawsuit. That will consume time and resources, probably over a period of years, and stretch out not only the budget pain the districts are experiencing but also the hostility between some legislators and the suing districts. Lawmakers shouldn't take the court's move as a green light to slash away at school spending in order to balance the state budget, which is at least $400 million short of revenue. Whether they like it or not, the state constitution still calls for the state to "make suitable provision for finance" of public schools. The more the state cuts schools, on top of its $241 million in reductions for the current school year, the more strain it will place not only districts but also on the meaning of the word "suitable."