Kansas Supreme Court considers school funding

June 14, 2017 - 4:39 am

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court has many options as it prepares to consider the new school funding formula that is now on the Governor's desk. In an interview with the Kansas Information Network, Mark Tallman with the Kansas Association of School Boards says the Court can decide to let the new law go forward and not dismiss the lawsuit, if they so choose. Tallman says that option is called "retaining jurisdiction."

"Basically saying that the legislature has made a good start, but we're going to keep an eye on things," said Tallman.  "Plaintiff groups who don't feel the system is working don't  have to go through a whole new lawsuit from the beginning."

A key measurement that must be looked at that may cause the justices to retain the case is looking at the bottom twenty-five percent of students. The court may retain jurisdiction so that they can look closely at what is called the bottom quartile and see if they do better under the new formula or not. 

The decision process cannot fully begin until the Governor makes a decision on whether or not to allow the bill to become law without a signature, sign it or veto it.

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