Kansas’ school funding battle may continue



March 11, 2019 - 10:10 AM

In 1936, when America was plunged into the worst economic depression in its history, President Roosevelt told us that “the school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.” He understood then that creating an outstanding public educational system was worth the cost, but is it worth the cost to Kansans today?  

At this writing, the Legislature appears reluctant to respond to the Kansas Supreme Court directive to add approximately $100 million to the more than $500 million over five years the court ordered in 2018. Can the mid-April deadline set by the court be accomplished?  

Despite the urgency for closure, school funding remains an ongoing point of contention. Moreover, allocating funds to meet the court order may not guarantee an ending to contention.

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