Window opens to close schools dispute

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June 27, 2018 - 11:00 PM

At first glance, Monday’s Kansas Supreme Court ruling in the school finance lawsuit might seem to be nothing more than the same-old, same-old in the already 8-year-old lawsuit.

But a closer examination of the ruling shows that the state and the court are closer to agreement — on how much to fund public education and how to distribute that funding — than they’ve ever been. And assuming legislators can come together during the 2019 session to modestly increase school funding to account for inflation, the state can finally put the Gannon v. State of Kansas lawsuit, filed in November 2010, to rest.

Importantly, the Supreme Court now agrees with the state that the plan for determining how much state funding to give each school district is fair.

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