In the summer of 2005, the Kansas Legislature and that state’s highest court played a game of chicken over state support of public schools.
The Kansas Supreme Court had ordered the Legislature that spring to pony up an additional $285 million for K-12 education or the court would shut down every school in the state.
Lawmakers had come up with about half that money, but the court insisted on the full amount, setting a deadline of July 8.
A few days before, in meetings over the Fourth of July weekend, legislators blinked, approving the rest.
Washington may be headed toward a similar showdown.