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Appeals Court revives Kansas school funding case

October 19, 2012


— An appeals court has revived a school finance lawsuit filed by some northeast Kansas parents.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Thursday reversed a lower court dismissal of a lawsuit filed by parents in the Shawnee Mission School District.

The parents want a judge to lift a state cap on local option school budgets so district patrons can raise their taxes to support local schools.

U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum dismissed the lawsuit in March 2011. He agreed with state officials, who argued that ending the cap on local option taxes would cause the state's school funding system to collapse.

The Kansas City Star reports the appellate court ruled the court must hear the case to determine if the cap is constitutional.


paulveer 5 years, 6 months ago

The problem is that as the cap goes higher, the state can and will continue to lower their funding. This will only help the districts with more money, and hurt education is the districts with less money, while the state abrogates its duty to equally educate all of its youth, and provide equal and adequate funding for all districts.

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

Exactly this. It's what a lot of conservatives are rooting for, but it's ironically mainly their rural districts that will feel the pain. We'll be fine over here in Lawrence. We like schools. Chanute? Maybe not so much.

jafs 5 years, 6 months ago

Not necessarily.

They could lower funding to the more well-off districts, who make up the difference with sales taxes, or they could continue to provide the same to all districts, and the more well off ones could raise the extra money.

It's even possible that they could take some of the funding from well off districts and redistribute it to the less well off ones.

I really see no compelling argument to deny local areas the right to raise more money for public schools in their areas.

weeslicket 5 years, 6 months ago

small town kansas will reap the benefits of their votes: no schools, no post offices, no police, no nothing. congratulations to small town kansans. you got what you voted for.

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