Supreme Court OKs school funding law

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June 14, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Kansas Supreme Court justices on the day this spring they heard the latest arguments about school spending. ASSOCIATED PRESS POOL PHOTO/ ORLIN WAGNER/KCUR.ORG

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court signed off Friday on an increase in spending on public schools that the Democratic governor pushed through the Republican-controlled Legislature, but the justices refused to close the protracted education funding lawsuit that prompted their decision.

The new school finance law boosted funding roughly $90 million a year and was enacted in April with bipartisan support. The court ruled that the new money was enough to satisfy the Kansas Constitution but also said it was keeping the underlying lawsuit open to ensure that the state keeps its funding promises.

“The State has substantially complied with our mandate,” the court said in its unsigned opinion, referencing a decision last year that the state wasn’t spending enough.

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