School Finance Hearing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Aug. 30- An attorney tells the Kansas Supreme Court, that the state's school finance system is constitutional because even districts challenging it provide a good education to their students.

Dan Biles represents the State Board of Education. Today in Topeka, he opened arguments about how the state distributes $2.7 billion in aid to its public schools.

The court is considering a lawsuit filed in 1999 by parents and administrators in the Dodge City and Salina school districts. They argue that the school finance system distributes money unfairly, hurting poor and minority students the most.

In December, a Shawnee County judge sided with the plaintiffs. The state and the Board of Education appealed.

The court could rule as early as Oct. 15.

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