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Legislature the cause of school lawsuits, legal fees

GOP state lawmakers and Brownback administration officials complain that the money school districts have spent suing the state over school funding should have instead gone into classrooms. “Raiding classroom dollars and repurposing them for endless litigation does not serve Kansas students well,” Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said. But the cause of the lawsuits is the Legislature’s failure to meet its constitutional obligation to suitably fund K-12 education. As a result, here is what happens: Districts sue; the courts rule in the districts’ favor; the Legislature agrees to fully fund education; it reneges on that promise; the cycle repeats. Want to avoid more litigation? Honor the funding commitments. – Phillip Brownlee