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Court: Kansas funding for schools unconstitutionally low
State funding for public schools is unconstitutionally low, according to a court ruling released Friday in response to a complicated education finance lawsuit.
The decision could have a major impact on the upcoming legislative session as lawmakers look to adjust school funding and potentially trim state spending to accommodate major income tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law last year. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he would appeal the ruling to the Kansas Supreme Court.
The ruling calls for lawmakers to essentially start their education finance conversations all over, using the 2008 session as a starting point.
That’s when lawmakers, prompted by a 2006 Kansas Supreme Court ruling, approved a law requiring the state to provide $4,492 in per-pupil base state aid.
The state’s per-pupil aid peaked at $4,400 in 2009 and has fallen. It fell to $3,780 in 2012. Last year, lawmakers approved an increase to $3,838.

Court: Kansas funding for schools unconstitutionally low

State funding for public schools is unconstitutionally low, according to a court ruling released Friday in response to a complicated education finance lawsuit.

The decision could have a major impact on the upcoming legislative session as lawmakers look to adjust school funding and potentially trim state spending to accommodate major income tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law last year. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he would appeal the ruling to the Kansas Supreme Court.

The ruling calls for lawmakers to essentially start their education finance conversations all over, using the 2008 session as a starting point.

That’s when lawmakers, prompted by a 2006 Kansas Supreme Court ruling, approved a law requiring the state to provide $4,492 in per-pupil base state aid.

The state’s per-pupil aid peaked at $4,400 in 2009 and has fallen. It fell to $3,780 in 2012. Last year, lawmakers approved an increase to $3,838.

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    i’m not really one for staking the constitution as a marker in my politics by any means, but this is …gut wrenching to...
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