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GOP Leader Pursuing Change in Kansas Constitution on Schools

Associated Press - June 9, 2016 12:54 pm

A top Republican legislator is drafting a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to prevent courts from shutting down public schools in lawsuits over education funding.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King said he plans to have the panel review the proposal during a meeting next week. The Independence Republican also is Senate vice president.

King’s panel and its House counterpart are meeting together before a June 23 special session called by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

He wants legislators to respond to a state Supreme Court decision last month that the state’s education funding system remains unfair to poor schools. The court said schools will be unable to reopen after June 30 if lawmakers don’t act.

If lawmakers approve King’s proposed amendment, it would go on the ballot in November.

Doug Clemens

June 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

Jeff King needs to be removed from office. If he and his cronies would have been doing their jobs the past 10 years this would not be an issue. The court is only being a watch dog with these politicians telling lies to get elected then doing nothing. Time to clean house in Topeka.

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