Here we go again

From Education Week, channeling the Associated Press:

A coalition of school districts has voted to file a new education funding lawsuit against the state.

Friday’s vote from members of Schools for Fair Funding was expected after the Kansas Supreme Court refused last week to allow the group to reopen a school finance case that was dismissed in 2006.

John Robb, the lead attorney for the coalition of more than 70 school districts, said the soonest the case would be filed is probably late summer.

That’s one difference between an  organization that relies on government funding and one that doesn’t. Wal-Mart starts selling over-the-counter medications f or $4, and Target and other companies match, hoping to become efficient enough to still turn a profit. When private schools or colleges have a dip in revenues, they make an appeal to donors or find ways to cut costs.

When school districts don’t get as much money as they would like, they could use the occasion to become more efficient. They could make a concerted effort to get the Legislature and KSDE to waive burdensome regulations. They could welcome suggestions for how to save money.

Instead, they complained about the efficiency audits that were to be conducted by the Legislative Division of Post Audit, and got them scrapped. (A few districts, to their credit, invited the auditors in.) And of course, they sue for more money–despite getting significantly more per-pupil money over time.

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