Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas School Boards Reject School Finance Argument in Court Brief

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas School Boards Reject School Finance Argument in Court Brief

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Attorneys for dozens of school boards suing the state filed a court brief Tuesday countering the state's latest arguments that Kansas' funding for schools is adequate.

The attorneys reject the state's defense of last spring's controversial school finance law, which scuttled Kansas' school finance formula and replaced it with block grants. Among their arguments, they say state aid for schools was already too low before the block grants, and that the switch to block grants cut school budgets further.

The brief says schools have been underfunded for most of the past decade, with the exception of two years when the Legislature adjusted levels in response to a previous court ruling.

"Justice requires an immediate remedy to this continued unconstitutionality," the brief says. "This Court must take immediate action. …

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