Special Session Will Address School Funding

Gov. Sam Brownback is calling the Kansas Legislature into special session to deal with education funding issues.

The Republican governor said Tuesday that he would call a special session but hasn’t set a date.

Brownback said in a statement that he is calling the session to “keep Kansas schools open” in response to a state Supreme Court order last month.

The court rejected some changes in school finance laws made by Republican lawmakers earlier this year to improve funding for poor districts.

The justices said poor schools still wouldn’t get their fair share of the state’s more than $4 billion in annual aid to its 286 districts.

The court warned that schools won’t be able to open after June 30 if lawmakers don’t approve further fixes.