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Kansas High Court Again Finds State School Funding Inadequate

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The Kansas Supreme Court has again ruled that the money the state legislature provides its schools is constitutionally inadequate.

The court late last month gave lawmakers another year to come up with what could ultimately amount to more than $1 billion within the next five years. The justices did not, as expected, go as far as they did in 2017 when the court threatened to shutter the school system until the state came up with a new way to distribute money between its wealthier and poorer districts.

The 8-year-old case has pitted the legislature against its court system over who should determine how to spend state money.

In response to a similar ruling late last year, the legislature this year raised its income taxes to provide $548 million over the next five years.

Vol. 37, Issue 37, Page 4

Published in Print: July 18, 2018, as Kansas High Court Again Finds State School Funding Inadequate
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