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Kansas Supreme Court deciding whether to take school finance appeal
March 3, 2015
A three-judge district court panel has postponed a hearing in the school finance lawsuit while the Kansas Supreme Court decides whether to take up an immediate appeal in the case. Meanwhile, the Shawnee Mission school district has filed a motion to intervene in the case. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Supreme Court sets deadline for school finance motions
09:48 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Plaintiffs in the ongoing school finance lawsuit have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file a motion stating whether they want the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the latest lower court order, or if they want the case to stay in the hands of a three-judge panel which has been asked to reconsider its last decision. By Peter Hancock
First look at Kansas school funding proposal may come as soon as Thursday
06:11 p.m., February 4, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
It’s been three weeks since Gov. Sam Brownback announced during his State of the State address that he wants to repeal the school finance system and replace it with a system of “block grants” for the next two years while the Legislature develops a new funding formula. Since then, almost nothing has been heard about the details of what he or legislative leaders have in mind. But that’s likely to change by the end of this week. By Peter Hancock
Kansas attorney general asks court to clarify school finance ruling
January 23, 2015
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the three-judge panel handling the school finance lawsuit didn’t explain what facts it relied on in its ruling that said current funding for schools is unconstitutional. He is asking the panel to revise its Dec. 30 opinion, which will delay any review by the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock
K-12 efficiency panel issues final report, recommends regular audits on ‘best practices’
03:59 p.m., January 6, 2015 Updated 10:02 p.m.
A task force appointed by the Kansas Legislature issued its final report Tuesday, including a recommendation that school districts undergo regular audits to determine if they are complying with certain “best practices.” But some conservative members of the panel said the report didn’t go far enough, and they’re expected to issue their own minority report. By Peter Hancock
Kansas school finance ruling could pave way to overhaul formula
January 1, 2015
A three-judge panel on Tuesday declared current funding for public schools in Kansas unconstitutional. But rather than ordering lawmakers to increase funding by a specific amount, the court actually left the door open for a variety of options, including an overhaul of the school finance formula, which Gov. Sam Brownback and many Republican leaders have said they want. By Peter Hancock
Reactions to Kansas school finance ruling vary across political spectrum
04:53 p.m., December 30, 2014 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Advocates for public schools generally applauded Tuesday’s court ruling that said current funding for K-12 education is unconstitutional. But others criticized the ruling, which is certain to be appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock
Kansas attorney general outlines school finance ruling
March 18, 2014
ansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the level of additional judicial scrutiny of public school funding depends largely on how legislators respond to the recent court ruling.
Kansas Supreme Court orders some school funding increases, sends big question back to lower court
01:00 p.m., March 6, 2014 Updated 04:04 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court says the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. The court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. The Supreme Court also sent the case back to district court for more review to “promptly” determine what the adequate amount of funding should be, but didn’t set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed at helping poorer districts with capital improvements and general school operations.
Brownback says litigation over school finance is ‘dumb way of handling this’; only Republicans invited to discussion
11:53 a.m., November 18, 2013 Updated 04:43 p.m.
Facing a possible court-ordered increase in public school funding, Gov. Sam Brownback has called for opening up the dialogue between legislators and school leaders. By Scott Rothschild
Deanell Tacha one of two attorneys selected to mediate Kansas school finance lawsuit
March 11, 2013
Attorneys involved in a Kansas school finance lawsuit on Monday announced they had picked the dean of Pepperdine University’s law school and a Topeka attorney to serve as mediators to settle the case. By The Associated Press
Mediation order for school finance case first of its kind in Kansas
March 4, 2013
The school finance lawsuit represents the first time mediation has been used at the appellate level in Kansas. But the state Supreme Court may still have the final say. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence superintendent: No immediate impact on Lawrence schools expected from federal sequestration cuts
February 26, 2013
Lawrence schools superintendent Rick Doll says the district probably has enough cash in reserve to absorb federal spending cuts through the end of this academic year. Thursday is the deadline for Congress and President Obama to reach an agreement to avoid sequestration that would slash federal spending. By Peter Hancock.
Plaintiffs file cross-appeal in school finance lawsuit
February 22, 2013
Plaintiffs in the school finance case “Gannon vs. Kansas” say the district court should have ordered even more funding for Kansas schools. Lawyers expect the Kansas Supreme Court to take up the case this fall. By Peter Hancock.
Kansas attorney general files appeal of school funding ruling
February 1, 2013
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office has filed its expected appeal of a ruling on school funding with the state Supreme Court.

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