I hadn’t intended to post today beyond the Open Thread, but this is major, historic news.
The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that state government is not doing enough financially to guarantee a “minimally adequate” education for public school students in poor areas of the state.
The court ruled 3-2 Wednesday in favor of plaintiff districts in the 21-year-old school equity suit.
The court rejected state lawmakers’ arguments that decisions on school funding belong to the General Assembly, not the courts. Lawmakers had argued that they alone should determine what the state constitution’s “minimally adequate” means.
Justices, however, found that the school districts must better identify solutions for their districts’ needs and work with state lawmakers on how to fix them….
Of course, the big, billion-dollar question is, What will South Carolina DO about it?
It is, unfortunately, up to our General Assembly. As Chief Justice Jean Toal wrote:
“it is the Defendants who must take the principal initiative,” the ruling states, “as they bear the burden articulated by our State’s Constitution, and have failed in their constitutional duty to ensure that students in the Plaintiff Districts receive the requisite educational opportunity”
But WILL they? They, after all, are the ones who have fought this. How can the Court compel action in this case? I don’t know enough to say…