John Patterson has a very good article in the Daily Herald today about a bipartisan group of legislators who plan to work on the state’s education funding issue next year.
Saying no option will be ignored, a group of state lawmakers on Wednesday said they expect to offer up this spring a comprehensive and viable plan to overhaul how the state funds education. […]
History isnâ€™t on their side. Like-minded groups have, for decades, launched similar efforts with much fanfare but ultimately few results. […]
Political observers noted that for possibly the first time in recent history, the lawmakers involved acknowledged itâ€™s the stateâ€™s regional, not political, differences that have thwarted similar efforts.
And that translates into reaching out to suburban lawmakers rather than bashing property-rich suburban schools. Those involved said the debate is too often framed as rich versus poor, a stereotyping that dooms any plan.
As Patterson notes later, the odds are definitely stacked against this group, but go read the whole thing.