Court Ruling on School Finance

Don Hineman Visits with Press Corps Folling Court Decision on Funding Education

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled last week that the current method of funding public schools is unconstitutional, which I had predicted when the block grant funding mechanism was enacted during the 2015 legislative session. The court gave the legislature until June 30 to replace the faulty system with another which will ensure relatively equal educational opportunity for all Kansas school children.

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Court Decision Regarding School Funding

The decision is the second part of a two-part decision arising out of a lawsuit filed five years ago, claiming that the state was not living up to its constitutional requirement of “suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state”. The first part of the legal challenge dealt with the question of equity, or whether all school children had equal educational opportunity.

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