U.S. District Court: Kansas is Unconstitutionally Under-funding Public Schools, Must Increase Spending by $400 Million

by Colonel on January 14, 2013

“Kansas is unconstitutionally short-changing its students by underfunding education needs and must increase spending by about $400 million, a three-judge panel ruled unanimously on Friday.

The court said it was “illogical” for the state to argue that it could not adequately fund schools at the same time it slashed income taxes.

The ruling is the latest in a series of court victories for a group of public school districts, parents and students in Kansas who have demanded for years that the state provide more money for education.

A funding plan was devised for Kansas in 2006 through a settlement of a prior lawsuit but the groups filed suit again in 2010 when the state made an estimated $300 million in funding cuts. The state made even more cuts in 2011. There have been $511 million in cuts to the base funding between fiscal year 2009 and fiscal 2012.

” — (Reporting by Carey Gillam; Editing by Greg McCune, Tim Dobbyn and Lisa Shumaker), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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