Attorneys want up to $1.5B more for Kansas schools

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May 8, 2018 - 2:19 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law that increases spending on its public schools still falls up to $1.5 billion short of providing adequate funding under the state constitution, attorneys for four local school districts argued Monday in a filing with the state’s highest court.

Attorneys Alan Rupe and John Robb asked the Kansas Supreme Court to declare the school funding system “void” — effectively shutting down schools statewide — unless the Republican-controlled Legislature approves another, even larger spending increase by the end of June.

The new law phases in a $548 million increase in education funding over five years, an amount Attorney General Derek Schmidt described as “massive” in his own filing with the high court. Schmidt, also a Republican, argued that the law complies with a Supreme Court mandate to boost spending on public schools.

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