The “insufficiency” of state funding for Kansas schools has been an issue addressed by Steve Rose in numerous columns. His most recent one suggests a “colossal train wreck” is coming if the state courts remain at odds with the legislature over what constitutes appropriate funding. In 2005 the legislature complied with a Supreme Court order to increase funding.
Also in this week’s episode of “Ruckus”, the school year is about to commence and there’s a new law that could affect the governance of the Kansas City, Mo. district. The State Board of Education now has authority to take-over or split the district.
A Kansas City Star editorial recently criticized retired financier Rex Sinquefield for using some of his wealth to influence Missouri tax policy. Siqnuefield is helping fund various groups urging state legislators to override the governor’s veto of a tax cut. Sinquefield is accused of trying to buy the legislature.
Finally, Detroit is facing bankruptcy with a debt of 18-billion dollars caused by unfunded liabilities, declining population, increasing tax rates and extremely high unemployment. The city was once a center of American industry and ingenuity. What’s gone wrong? What can be done to ameliorate Detroit’s deep problems?