Kansas Supreme Court Rules Current Public Education Funding Is Unconstitutional

Emily Jensen - Author

Mar. 2 2017, Updated 9:34 a.m. ET

The Kansas Supreme Court determined on Thursday morning that the state’s funding of public primary and secondary education falls short of the requirements put forth by the state’s constitution. Reuters reports the state legislature will have until June 30 to come up with a new funding system in compliance with the constitution. Failing to do so, the court will void the current system of funding.

Lawyers argued before the Kansas Supreme Court in September that the state would need to spend another $430 million to $1.4 billion on top of the $4 billion it spends on public schools in order to meet the state constitution’s requirements.

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Alan Rupe, a lawyer for one of the four school districts that put forth the lawsuit, said in a statement, “The Kansas Supreme Court has finally confirmed what anyone who has recently stepped inside a Kansas public school already knew: Kansas public education is significantly underfunded.”


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