School finance

Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
01:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
New school finance plan draws guarded support
05:19 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
A bill that would phase in a new kind of school finance formula over the next three years drew guarded support from some school districts and surprising interest from some education groups during a legislative committee hearing Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
Senate committee to hear proposal for new school finance formula
05:59 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, has introduced a new school finance formula that would return the state to a per-pupil funding system, but would significantly change the kinds of weightings used to provide additional money for higher-cost students and districts. The panel will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
Recent Kansas school finance actions raise several constitutional questions
07:07 p.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
A Kansas University law professor says recent actions by the Kansas Legislature and a district court raise numerous constitutional questions. Professor Rick Levy said the result could be another showdown between the legislative and executive branches over who decides how much funding schools should get. By Peter Hancock
Supreme Court asked again to review school finance ruling
02:53 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is again asking the state Supreme Court to review a three-judge district court panel’s decision that held current funding of public schools unconstitutional. The appeal comes one day after the Legislature passed a bill repealing the current funding formula and replacing it with a system of block grants to schools. By Peter Hancock
Lawmaker suggests school finance case could affect judicial budget
03:04 p.m., March 16, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Rep. Jerry Lunn, R-Overland Park, said during a committee hearing that the budget for state courts could be cut if the courts order the Legislature to spend more money on public schools. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate to decide path on school finance overhaul
07:42 p.m., March 15, 2015 Updated 01:19 p.m.
The Kansas Senate is expected to decide Monday how it wants to deal with a bill overhauling the state’s school finance system. Senators could simply vote to concur with the House bill, which would cut off the possibility for any amendments. But a three-judge district court panel has already indicated it could step in to block the legislation. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House narrowly passes Gov. Brownback’s school funding overhaul
10:20 a.m., March 13, 2015 Updated 08:52 p.m.
The Kansas House gave final passage Friday to a bill that radically overhauls the way schools are funded in Kansas, but it took more than two hours — and a special flight on a state plane — to corral all the legislators needed to send the bill to the Senate. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House panel approves GOP leaders’ school funding plan; bill now goes to full House
01:16 p.m., March 10, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that repeals the 1992 school finance formula and replaces it for two years with block grants to the state’s 286 school districts. Democrats and moderate Republicans are objecting to efforts by GOP leaders to rush the bill to passage. And leaders still are not certain if it has enough support to pass. By Peter Hancock
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

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