Recently, when the governor signed the state’s new smoking ban, I noted that I wasn’t terribly surprised or excited by it. The ban seemed like a foregone conclusion to me.
I felt the same way yesterday when news broke that a judge ruled against the school group that is suing the state for millions more in education funding.
It’s not that I don’t think schools could use more money. It’s just that I never thought a lawsuit by the schools against the hand that feeds them ever had a good chance at success. When the economy collapsed and the state budget went in the tank, the idea that a judge was going to mandate hundreds of millions more dollars for education funding became unimaginable.
Still, after the dust settles from the lawsuit, there will remain a lot of people who think education in South Dakota is under-funded. The fight will continue.