Kansas Facing Bigger Fights Over Schools After Funding Fix

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas is bracing for more contentious legal and political fights over education funding even after legislators approved a narrow, short-term fix to satisfy a court mandate.

The Kansas Supreme Court directed lawmakers in a ruling last month to make education funding fairer to poor areas, forcing them to have a special session.

But the court will consider next the larger issue of whether the state spends enough overall on its schools. The justices could rule by early next year.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-dominated Legislature’s leaders already have committed to rewriting school funding laws next year.

And Kansas is likely to remain mired in the budget problems that will put pressure on legislators to rethink income tax cuts enacted in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging.