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Judges Reviewing Kansas School Funding Law

Associated Press - June 11, 2014 7:17 am

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson says the state needs to double the percentage of students who earn college degrees or training certificates in order to compete in the changing economy.

A panel of three state-court judges is reviewing a new Kansas education funding law to determine if it meets a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.

The hearing Tuesday afternoon in Shawnee County District Court comes in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by parents and school districts.

The Supreme Court ruled in March that past cuts in state aid for poor schools created unconstitutional gaps in funding between them and wealthier districts. Legislators in April increased aid to poor districts by $129 million during the next school year.

The three-judge panel will consider whether that action is sufficient to meet the mandate.

But the Supreme Court also has ordered future hearings on whether Kansas is spending enough money overall on its public schools.