District might opt out of suit

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December 14, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Iola school district’s contribution to a school finance lobbying outfit might soon come to an end.

USD 257 administrators and board members are mulling the idea of cutting ties with Schools For Fair Funding, Inc., an advocacy group suing the state for what it deems unacceptable cuts to education — Iola has seen its schools’ budget cut by about $2 million since 2008 — because membership costs have skyrocketed.  

When USD 257 joined SFFF in 2008 after the legislature made deep cuts to education, the fee for membership was $2 per student. To continue participation with the group, and the lawsuit, USD 257 will have to fork over $6.45 per student. 

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