The practical impact of a Jefferson City judge’s ruling on a lawsuit over school funding is that the suit will proceed. Officially, Cole County Judge Richard Callahan has granted the State’s request for a stay in the proceedings launched by more than 250 school districts that claim the current school funding formula is flawed. But the stay is only granted on the condition that the State either agree with the plaintiffs or prove the system is not flawed. Scott Holste, a Spokesman for the Attrorney General, says this means more money will have to be spent on attorneys. The State had asked that the case be put on the back burner to give the Legislature a chance to fix the problems.
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