Gov Kasich’s mad dash to school tax reforms that played off suburban districts against their poorer cousins took a direct hit from an old friend that posted its complaint in a full- page layout on Wednesday titled: Not Good Enough.NotGoodEnough

While allowing that his formula contained “some sense”, the editorial declared:

“Poorer districts should get more money, but it should not come at the expense of often struggling suburban districts that are just climbing out of the Great Recession.”

Coming from the PD, such dissent from Ohio’s biggest newspaper might remove a little of the edge from his swaggering path to his State of the State address in Wilmington on Feb . 24. (Tickets by lottery, only)

In asserting that the Kasich plan was a “Robin Hood” school budget proposal, It concluded, “The Ohio legislature needs to find a better way to fund Ohio’s schools.”

So here we go again, the eternal shell game, perfected a half-century ago by Gov. Rhodes, on how to educate our kids by moving tax money around without really conceding that that we need more than sin taxes – raising the cigarette tax a dollar? – to pay for public education. On that score, you’d have to concede that cigarettes do¬†offer a benefit to offset lung disease.

At least to hurrying politicians who seem to be eyeing the White House.