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If you can't follow the constitution, amend it?

The Legislature isn't fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to suitably fund education, as court rulings and its own audits have concluded. So what do some lawmakers want to do? Amend the state constitution. A House committee has proposed changing the constitution from saying that the Legislature "shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state" to say that it "shall provide the equitable distribution of public school funds in a manner and amount as may be determined by the Legislature." So the Legislature could spend as little as it wants on education, as long at it distributes the funding equitably.