July 5 -- The State Board of Education agrees to help
Attorney General Phill Kline try to outmaneuver the Kansas Supreme
Court so it wouldn't be able to freeze education funding.
Kline's fellow conservatives on the board backed his plan in its
six-to-four vote. Now members will certify the annual amount of
money for schools, moving from the previous policy of monthly
The change still requires approval by the state budget director,
who works for Governor Sebelius.
The court has said it may withhold education money until
legislators provide an additional 143 million dollars in
public-school funding. That type of action could keep schools from
opening next month.
Legislators missed the court's July first deadline and resume a
special session tomorrow.