School finance

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.
GOP proposes amendment to end school funding lawsuit
January 31, 2013
Republican legislators in Kansas want to rewrite the education funding provision in the state constitution to end a pending lawsuit that threatens to force the state to boost spending on public schools.
Moody’s calls school finance ruling a negative credit factor for Kansas
January 18, 2013
The credit rating company says last week’s court ruling, coupled with pressure from tax cuts, casts a negative cloud over the state’s financial future. By Peter Hancock
Court ruling casts shadow over governor’s State of the State address
January 14, 2013
Last week’s court ruling in the school finance lawsuit could limit the options available to Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature. By Peter Hancock
Court: Kansas Legislature’s level of funding for schools unconstitutional
02:56 p.m., January 11, 2013 Updated 07:58 p.m.
A three-judge panel has ruled that the current level of school funding in Kansas is unconstitutional and has ordered the legislature to add an estimated $442 million in base state aid per pupil. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has already filed a motion for appeal. By Peter Hancock
New House Education Committee chairwoman sees busy session ahead with finance, collective bargaining issues
January 6, 2013
Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, says school finance and collective bargaining will be among the issues the House Education Committee looks at in 2013. By Peter Hancock