Supreme Court order on education funding in Kansas creates challenges
A recent Supreme Court order on education funding for Kansas has created challenges for thestate school administrators and raised fears if the court will really prevent the schools form opening in August. Many Republican legislators have already indicated that they are ready to defy the order and wait and see if the court will really prevent the schools from reopening gin the month of August for the new academic year.
Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce indicated that the legislators were not sure about rewriting school finance laws on Wednesday when they meet for a ceremony formally adjourning their annual session. Officials said that if the legislators do not address the directive, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback might have to call for a special session in June for lawmakers to consider introducing additional changes to the education financing.
The court had rejected some of the changes made by the Republican legislators earlier this month and states that the education funding system remains unfair to poor districts. The Court had observed that the earlier changes made did not address what it described as unconstitutional inequity in how the state distributes funds.
The court dismissed the Legislature's latest attempt to satisfy the court's directive to provide equitable funding between richer and poorer school districts in the state. The court has given lawmakers until June 30 to address the remaining problems or keep the schools closed in August.
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