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Lobbyists, Legal Experts Weigh-In on School Funding Debate

The Kansas Supreme Court is demanding ​that lawmakers make additional changes in school funding. (Photo: KCUR)

Governor Sam Brownback isn't saying yet whether he'll call the Kansas Legislature into special session to respond to a recent state Supreme Court order on public schools. The court rejected education funding changes made earlier this year by the Legislature and warned that schools will be unable to reopen after the end of this month if lawmakers don't approve additional changes to fix a $40 million imbalance in funding between rich and poor school districts. Dave Trabert (Traw-Bert), president of the Kansas Policy Institute, a free-market, Wichita-based think tank, says the hostility between the state Supreme Court and the Legislature is not helping the state and will harm teachers, parents and students.

Legal experts in Kansas are also watching the school funding fight closely. University of Kansas Law Professor Lou Mulligan says the law is clear and the Legislature would be violating it by not  complying with the court's orders.
On Wednesday, the Legislature held its annual adjournment ceremony and left Topeka without taking up the school funding issue.


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