Legislative audit says state must spend at least $316 million dollars more on its public schools to meet judicial and constitutional requirements.">
January 9--The report gives lawmakers a range of potential spending. If
legislators try to provide enough money to ensure that children are
proficient in reading, math and other subjects, the total
additional cost rises to $399 million dollars.
Legislators commissioned the report after the Kansas Supreme
Court last year determined the state spent too little money on its
schools and distributed the money unfairly. The decision came from
a seven-year-old lawsuit filed by parents and administrators in
Dodge City and Salina.
The report comes out of the opening day of the 2006 Legislature.
The session is expected to primarily focus on finding enough money
to meet the court's mandate for sufficient school funding.