Kansas School Finance Trial Nears Final Stretch

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Attorneys for a group of students, parents and school districts head back to court next week for one final attempt to convince a three-judge panel that Kansas' system for funding public schools is constitutionally flawed.

Closing arguments are set for Wednesday, but it could be months before a verdict is known.

Each side has been allotted 90 minutes to make their final arguments, which will be heard by judges Franklin Theis, Robert Fleming and Jack Burr. A ruling is likely later this year, but the decision will almost certainly be appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the state maintain that legislators did their best to mitigate cuts to school spending during the recent economic downturn and that schools continue to show academic improvement.

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