Judge Lori Wilbur ruled our school funding system constitutional yesterday, rejecting the argument of some schools and parents that our state is not doing enough to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide a free and fair public education. (By the way, anyone have a link to the actual ruling? Does SDUJS post circuit rulings?)
I really didn't expect any other result from the court. A lawsuit has never struck me as the best way to handle funding the schools. As AG Larry Long told KELO, the court's job is "to determine whether or not the system is so structurally problematic that it fails to meet the constitutional standard." Judge Wilbur is saying there's nothing written in our laws that prevents the fulfillment of the constitutional mandate for good public education.
What does prevent fulfillment of that mandate is the regressive "no taxes no way!" mindset that views kids and education as an expense rather than an investment. It's not unconstitutional to be regressive (or Republican), but it is irresponsible. I guess we'll just have to fight that issue out in the Capitol and at the polls in 2010.
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