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Kansas Supreme Court to rule on school case

February 11, 2010


— Justices of the Kansas Supreme Court will announce Friday whether they have agreed to reopen a landmark school finance lawsuit the justices dismissed in 2006.

The petition was filed by Schools for Fair Funding, a coalition of 74 school districts. It alleges that the state is failing to live up to a 2006 Supreme Court ruling that the state school finance formula was unconstitutional.

Legislators responded by increasing school funding by $1 billion over four years. However, a significant decline in state revenues caused by the recession forced the state to cut back on those increases.

The state argues that the coalition is trying to get around a law designed to slow down school finance challenges. Attorney General Steve Six also says that no agency can be immune to cuts when state revenues decline.


KS 7 years, 10 months ago

I think it would be a mistake for the Supremes to get back into this case. It was a no win situation before and it would only be worse this time. They need to remember the separation of powers.

Thinking_Out_Loud 7 years, 10 months ago

They also need to remember their Constitutional obligation to interpret the law, KS.

This case came to them, they didn't go looking for it.

Bobo Fleming 7 years, 10 months ago

if the State doesnt have the money what then?

Thinking_Out_Loud 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, senegal66025, we'll figure that out then. Judge Bullock threatened to close the schools in the first case, as I recall.

Which would free up enough cash to solve that pesky budget problem.

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