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School finance

Kansas House speaker urges constitutional amendment to give Legislature complete power over school funding
March 3, 2011
House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, on Thursday urged passage of a constitutional amendment that he said would put the Legislature in charge of how much state funding schools get.
Kansas education officials wary of KPI public forum
10:21 a.m., February 14, 2011 Updated 12:48 p.m.
The leader of a conservative think tank is promising that a proposed forum on the future of education in Kansas will present various viewpoints, but some state education officials are skeptical.
Cuts to state education funding hot topic at Eggs and Issues forum
February 13, 2011
Scanning the name tags of the audience at Saturday morning’s Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Eggs and Issues event gave a good indication of the day’s hot topic: cuts to state education funding.
Statehouse Live: Proposed constitutional amendment would take court out of school finance
February 9, 2011
HCR 5010 would change the constitutional provision to read: “The Legislature shall provide the equitable distribution of public school funds in a manner and amount as may be determined by the Legislature.”
Lawrence elementary school task force to mull budget options
January 4, 2011
The Lawrence school district is making plans to cut anywhere from $1.5 million to $5 million from next year’s budget, and its leaders will be looking to members of an appointed task force for help identifying savings.
Kansas parents fear more school budget cuts
December 29, 2010
Cordley Elementary School used to have up to a dozen volunteers helping students with reading, writing and math, but now parents do clerical work to help make up for staff cuts.
Shawnee Mission School District parents file lawsuit over state’s education funding formula
December 10, 2010
Residents in a northeast Kansas school district have filed a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s formula for funding schools.
Task force envisions future for Lawrence elementary schools
November 30, 2010
Members of the Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force finish some of their early work. Now they need to work together to compile consensus recommendations for the Lawrence school board.
Three judges to preside over school funding lawsuit
November 4, 2010
A three-judge panel was appointed Thursday to preside over the school finance lawsuit that alleges the state has violated the Kansas Constitution by under-funding public schools.
Coalition of Kansas school districts files new lawsuit challenging education funding in state
November 2, 2010
Attorneys for a coalition of Kansas school districts have filed a lawsuit against the state over the way public education is funded.
Legislative group denies school-funding claim
October 21, 2010
TOPEKA — Legislative leaders on Thursday formally denied a claim by school districts that allege the Legislature has shirked its duty in funding schools.
Statehouse Live: Democrats sign pledge of no more cuts to schools; Brownback declines to sign
02:52 p.m., October 21, 2010 Updated 03:55 p.m.
Leading Kansas Democrats on Thursday signed a pledge to oppose any further budget cuts to public schools and criticized Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback’s position on education funding.
Statehouse Live: Republicans concerned about political fallout from school finance plan, memo indicates
11:17 a.m., October 8, 2010 Updated 02:43 p.m.
Last month, Siegfreid of Olathe unveiled a school funding plan that would increase reliance on local property taxes and eliminate pupil weightings.
Holland blasts Brownback over plan for education financing
September 23, 2010
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland on Thursday said he will oppose further cuts to schools, and he accused his Republican opponent, Sam Brownback, of supporting a plan that would require local property tax increases for education.
School finance lawsuit expected to be filed next month
12:17 p.m., September 21, 2010 Updated 09:34 a.m.
Legislators on Tuesday started preparing for a lawsuit that will be filed against them by schools that allege the state has failed to fulfill its constitutional obligation to adequately fund education.