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Better not to join lawsuit, but districts have case

It would be better if the Wichita school board voted Monday not to help pay for reopening the school funding lawsuit against the state, as it would cost the district about $134,000 and suing the state during this difficult time isn't helpful. But school districts certainly have a good legal case. After all, they won their previous lawsuit, yet the state has reneged on the funding settlement. And the state's constitution doesn't say that the state needs to suitably finance schools only when times are good. What's more, though most of the state's financial problems have been caused by the economic downturn, lawmakers also chose to cut taxes rather than provide a funding stream to pay for the lawsuit settlement.