Kansas School Funding Law Meets Mandate, Judges Say

June 16, 2014

A panel of Kansas judges ruled Wednesday that a new education funding law complies with a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor public schools, but they didn’t narrow the scope of a lawsuit over whether the state is providing enough aid overall.

The three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court declined the state’s request to dismiss claims questioning the fairness of the state’s school funding formula in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by parents and school districts.

But the judges also rejected arguments from attorneys for the aggrieved school districts that uncertainty about state finances or future legislative actions raises questions about whether Kansas actually met the earlier Supreme Court mandate.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in March that recession-driven cuts in aid to poor school districts had created unconstitutional gaps in aid between them and wealthier districts and ordered lawmakers to fix that.

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