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July 20-- A 148 million-dollar education funding
bill that kept the Kansas Supreme Court from closing public schools
is signed into law today by Governor Sebelius. The Governor signed the bill at a ceremony at Wichita's North High School this morning.
"I think everybody is committed to making sure are students learn what they need to know for good jobs in the future," said Governor Sebelius.
The new law provides more than money, however. It prevents the
courts from closing schools as a remedy in education funding
lawsuits. That's something the justices had threatened to do to
force legislators to comply with Supreme Court orders.
The new statute also says the state's public policy is to have
65 percent of its dollars used in the classroom or for instruction.
It also requires districts to spend local property tax dollars
-- not state dollars -- on any lawsuit against the state.
The new law takes effect July 28th.