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Kansas attorney general files appeal of school funding ruling

February 1, 2013

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— Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office has filed its expected appeal of a ruling on school funding with the state Supreme Court.

Schmidt’s office took the action Friday in hope of overturning a decision last month by a three-judge panel in Shawnee County. The judges said the state isn’t spending enough on public schools to meet its obligation under the Kansas Constitution to finance a suitable education for every child.

Legislators would have to boost annual spending on schools by at least $440 million to comply with the order. The lower court ruling came in a lawsuit filed by 32 students, their parents and guardians and four school districts.

Schmidt’s office had promised an appeal. It’s not clear when the Supreme Court will take up the appeal.

Comments

msezdsit 1 year, 10 months ago

cool our big a-- tough guy attorney general has declared war on our children. impressive. bullying is at an all time low in kansas. these thugs think they are setting an example for the country but they operate in their own little contaminated petry dish that the country is saying, we got a flu shot but is there anything we can take for this?

fiddleback 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, but then Derek's always been a pro at acting like a Schmidt. Also, this appeal is not only foretold but something of a formality; I'm sure they anticipate the Supreme Court ruling against them like in 2005. So their real hope for victory is that shameless constitutional amendment to castrate the courts' authority to order public schools closed as they did in 2005.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Stonewalling is detrimental to educating our children.

lunacydetector 1 year, 10 months ago

the schools get enough of our freaking money, and of course, it's never enough.

ATR920 1 year, 10 months ago

Courts disagree in fact they say the opposite. But I am sure you have more knowledge then them.

homechanger 1 year, 10 months ago

As a tax payer I can say our schools are overfunded today. 497 wastes money like the money tree will never stop blooming. Remember the projector scandal ? No? Because it was quashed to keep the public from hearing. That is really just the tip. Rainey day fund of 55 million. How could it be that 497 does not have enough money.

Mike1949 1 year, 10 months ago

How much money is the the state senate and house funneling off to fill our politicians pockets?

KSManimal 1 year, 10 months ago

Let me see if I understand this. 1) Legislature refuses its constitutional obligation to fund public schools; 2) legislature gets sued and loses; 3) legislature appeals to Supreme Court and loses; 4) supreme court orders legislature to meet its constitutional obligation; 5) legislature ignores Supreme Court and cuts education funding even further; 6) legislature gets sued again, and loses; 7) court orders legislature to DO WHAT THE SUPREME COURT TOLD THEM TO DO LAST TIME THEY APPEALED TO THE SUPREME COURT; 8) legislature appeals to Supreme Court AGAIN...."wahhhh, waaaahhh, tell these judges they can't tell us we have to do what YOU ordered us to do. Wwaaahhh, waaaah."

Gee, I wonder how this will turn out?

fiddleback 1 year, 10 months ago

While your chronology drives home the legislature's infuriating obstinance, between steps 4 and 5, you elide over the Supreme Court threatening to close all public schools in July of 2005, and the state finally raising funding by about 600 million in the year following.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/jun/22/timeline_events_school_finance_lawsuit/?kansas_legislature

I bring that up because the Supreme Court's threat to close schools is obviously the checkmate that the legislature needs to avoid. They filed this appeal as a formality and probably don't expect a ruling more favorable than in 2005; their real strategy is amending the constitution and destroying the court's authority.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

What rainy day fund of $55 million? Where is the money? The details were absent and left a false impression.

Want to see some serious reserve fund money check out city hall.

Republicans exhibit some unusual business thinking. They cut funding to an operation year after year after year then come telling US that the system isn't working so well....in their eyes.

Use that same approach in running a business sooner or later the business will not be doing well and may well be out of business. What republicans seem to lack is business savvy.

Centerville 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't think the Chief Justice even got lunch out of the deal this time. Of course, his law firm will get at least at least $80 million, so there's that. .

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