Brownback Pleased By Court Action In Schools Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's pleased the Kansas Supreme Court has ordered mediation in a lawsuit over school funding.

Brownback said Friday he's also glad that the court stayed a lower-court order in the lawsuit directing legislators to increase spending on public schools.

Newton attorney John Robb also saw the high court's actions as positive. He said he'd like to see legislators involved in the mediation.

Robb represents school districts and parents and guardians of students who sued the state in November 2010.

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County ruled in January that the state wasn't meeting its obligation under the state constitution to suitably fund schools. That panel also said Kansas would have to boost annual spending on schools by at least $440 million.

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