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What about ‘equal opportunity’ for students?

Things weren’t all roses as the 1992 Legislature reformed school finance in response to a court ruling, nor during the litigious decades that followed. But The Eagle editorial board applauded the plan’s passage at the time, saying: “When Gov. Joan Finney signs the bill, the promise implicit in the Kansas Constitution that every child should have an equal opportunity at a basic education will finally be kept.” That wasn’t the only goal of the formula, which was linked to property-tax relief. But as the repeal of that 23-year-old school-finance formula recently passed the House and Senate, it was striking how little the idea of “equal opportunity” was mentioned. Of course, the courts may have to remind the other two branches how much it matters. – Rhonda Holman