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Opinion: Now that the Ninth Circuit has cleared any legal questions, perhaps we’ll better appreciate the school funding achievement that was Prop. 123.

Ducey brought education leaders and lawmakers together to strike a deal that would pump $3.5 billion into K-12 education over 10 years and bring an end to a five-year education-funding battle. Voters narrowly passed Prop. 123 in a 2016 special election. (Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic)

The Proposition 123 saga ended a few weeks ago, to borrow from T.S. Eliot, not with a bang but a whimper.

The end came when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed – in a brief, unanimous per curiam opinion – a ruling by District Court Judge Neil Wake that Prop. 123 had been illegally implemented. A brief, unanimous per curiam opinion is the court’s way of saying: This wasn’t a close call.

Prop. 123 is the measure approved by voters