School Finance Suits: More Than Just a Legal Roll of Dice?
"For district leaders, suing states over school finance formulas may seem like a high-stakes gamble on where judges will come down, as high-profile decisions with very different outcomes in Texas, Kansas, and Washington state suggest.
'I think there's a clash of cultures from the judicial perspective and the world from which politicians live,' said Richard E. Levy, a legal scholar at the University of Kansas who studies constitutional law. 'Constitutional law is full of principles and following things to their logical conclusions. You find a constitutional deficiency and you fix it.
'But legislators don't like being told that they have to come up with additional money, raise taxes, or cut programs,' he said. 'It's not desirable from a political point of view.'"