School Finance

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
Brownback budget cuts K-12 education, holds higher education funding flat
05:29 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
Higher education officials feel relieved that Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal does not call for cutting any of their funding. But K-12 schools would lose more than $100 million through a sweeping change in the funding system that threatens to complicate the ongoing school finance lawsuit. By Peter Hancock
Kansas education board elects new leadership
05:33 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
The Kansas State Board of Education chose Wichita Republican Jim McNiece as its new chairman and Topeka Democrat Corolyn Campbell as vice-chair for the coming year. They will be in charge of steering the board through a tumultuous year that will include battles in the Legislature over school funding and the transition to a new system of accrediting schools. By Peter Hancock
Lawmakers convene amid budget crisis, school finance suit
04:40 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
Kansas lawmakers began the 2015 session Monday facing a mounting budget deficit and a school finance lawsuit that could make the budget problems even worse. But legislative leaders appeared generally optimistic on the first day of what is scheduled to be a 90-day session. By Peter Hancock