Borough right to wait on school funding suit

Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2006

In light of the House measure, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is doing the right thing in holding off on a school funding lawsuit against the state.

Borough Mayor John Williams presented the idea, and sought support for it from the assembly. While no one spoke against taking the state to task for its inequitable funding based on the flawed area cost differential, there were concerns about the timing of the suit.

Turns out they were justified. The Legislature is — finally — making motions toward addressing the problem.

A lawsuit is the borough’s big gun in the battle to change the funding formula. Best not to waste our ammunition when change may happen without need of shots being fired.

If the the funding increase bill passed by the House doesn’t make the final cut this session, or if the Legislature is unwilling to make permanent changes to the area cost differential next session, it’ll be time for the borough to go after the state. With both barrels.



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