Kansas Lawmakers Mulling Ballot Measures On Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Republicans in the Kansas Legislature say they're discussing proposed changes in the state constitution to rein in the courts after a ruling that the state isn't spending enough money on its public schools.

Several leaders of the GOP-controlled Legislature said Monday that they're not yet sure what form a proposal will take. But they said they expect lawmakers to consider a proposal to clarify that only legislators can set school funding levels.

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County ruled Friday that the state must spend at least $440 million a year to meet its obligations under the Kansas Constitution to finance a suitable education for every child.

A constitutional amendment must be adopted by two-thirds majorities in both chambers and approved by a simple majority in a statewide election.

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