Editorial - Will school bill satisfy?
With less than a week to go before the end of the West Virginia legislature's 1998 session - and just a few days before a scheduled court date - lawmakers are hammering out final details of a bill designed to equalize school funding across the state.
The stakes are high. If Cabell County Judge Dan Robinson doesn't like what lawmakers bring into court March 16, he could appoint a commissioner to take over the state school system.
Here's the problem: In 1982, a judge ruled that because local school systems depended a great deal on property-tax revenues to fund their school systems, there was no way that poor counties could spend as much as the wealthier ones. The state was ordered to find a solution to equalize spending across the state.