Court panel sides with Kansas Legislature on school funding equity

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A three-judge panel ruled Wednesday that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts.

After a hearing that lasted about three hours, the judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards that the Kansas Supreme Court handed down in March in the case of Gannon vs. Kansas.

But the court did not dismiss the equity portion of the lawsuit. Instead, the judges said they would "take no further action," which is one of the options the Supreme Court gave when it remanded the equity issue back to the trial court.

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