Arguments scheduled next week in Kansas school funding challenge

Bill Grady
July 11, 2017 - 7:10 am

The Kansas legislature's 2018 addresses school financing, but the problem is not going away anytime soon.

Next week the Kansas Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the funding measure. School districts are challenging the plan, saying it does not adequately fund education as required in the state constitution. A ruling is likely in August. 

A special session is not likely, even if the justices decide more money must be found, said David Haley, state senator from Wyandotte County.

"They've already begun to open up because nobody wants to see the schools not open in time for the fall semester," Haley told KMBZ.

Haley said he was optimistic that disparities in financing could be ironed out.

Legislative leaders say there is enough money for schools in the budget, which was increased by $292-million.

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