School funding deal hits roadblock

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April 3, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas Senate leaders said Tuesday they will not take up a school funding bill until legislators pass a constitutional amendment that would prevent the judiciary branch from enforcing education funding levels. KANSAS PUBLIC RADIO/STEPHEN KORANDA/KCUR.ORG

The Kansas House has had its say on school finance — putting the ball in the Senate’s court. But Senate leaders say they won’t move forward on increasing K-12 funding to satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court without a deal to prevent schools from suing again in the future.

The message from Senate President Susan Wagle and Republican Leader Jim Denning was loud and clear Tuesday: Kansas must amend the state constitution to put an end to the cycle of litigation over school funding.

“This madness has to stop,” Denning said. “We need a constitutional amendment to move forward.”

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