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Districts Argue Funding is Still Not Adequate

Associated Press - July 4, 2017 11:49 am

School districts suing Kansas over education funding argue that an increase approved by legislators this year is as much as $1.5 billion short of what’s needed for the next school year.

They’re also asking the state Supreme Court to order lawmakers to provide more money by Sept. 1.

The four local districts’ attorneys detailed their objections to a new school finance law in written arguments filed ahead of a Supreme Court hearing July 18.

The new law phases in a $293 million increase in aid to public schools over two years. It also creates a new per-pupil funding formula.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office contends the increase is sufficient for legislators to fulfill their duty under the state constitution to finance a suitable education for every child.


Warren Fair

July 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Where do these educators expect all of this money to come from. No mater what it is not enough. People on fixed incomes and small businesses cannot afford any more taxes.

Doug Clemens

July 5, 2017 at 8:00 am

I agree with you Warren between the State and the City most wages go to taxes. Plus they have put tenure back into it. Doing away with tenure was the best thing they ever did. If teachers want to keep their jobs then they should teach every year and not slack off after they reach tenure.

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