If there was one issue that could overtake abortion in this year's elections, this is it. Schools sue State.
As reported in the Rapid City Journal, a coalition of schools have now sued the state of South Dakota for more funding:
About a third of South Dakota’s school districts filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to force the state to provide substantially more financial aid to public school districts. The lawsuit, filed in circuit court in Pierre, argues that the current state funding system violates a constitutional provision that guarantees all children access to a free, adequate and quality public education. The constitution also requires the Legislature to use suitable means to provide that public education, the suit says.I've got to get showered up and head up to Watertown, but read it all here in the interim, and we'll discuss further later.
The 81-page lawsuit seeks a court order declaring the current funding system to be unconstitutional and requiring the state to provide sufficient funding for schools.
“The failure of the South Dakota Legislature to use all suitable means to adequately fund public education has wreaked havoc upon the ability of South Dakota school districts to provide, and the opportunity for South Dakota children to receive, an adequate and quality education in South Dakota’s elementary and secondary schools,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit is based on a study commissioned by school districts last year that initially found that the state needs to provide at least an additional $102 million a year to bring funding for public schools to an adequate level.