Court Ruling Over School Funding A Win For Students

KSCB News - January 12, 2013 11:08 am

A three-judge panel has ruled in favor of parents and schools who say the state’s formula for funding education is unconstitutional.

Parents and school districts had argued the state has failed to live up to its promises to increase elementary and secondary education funding as ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2006.

They say schools have had to make cuts that have hurt student achievement.

If the ruling stands, it means more money for schools across the state.

Right now, the State of Kansas sends schools about $3,800 per student.

The lawsuit mandates that number go up to nearly $4,500 per student.

The big question will lawmakers actually increase funding that much?

The Kansas Policy Institute came out with reaction saying this amounts to a $594 million dollar tax hike, and they are disappointed with the decision.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed notice that the state will appeal the Kansas Supreme Court ruling.


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