Kansas School Finance Trial Ends, Goes To Judges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A panel of Kansas judges says it may be months before it rules on whether the state's method of funding public schools is constitutional.

The three-judge panel heard final arguments Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court in the trial of a 2010 lawsuit challenging the system.

Attorneys for the plaintiff parents and school districts argue the state has failed to live up to its promises to increase K-12 funding as ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2006. They say schools have had to make cuts that have hurt student achievement.

Lawyers for the state contend the Legislature did its best to mitigate the effects on schools of the recession that began in 2008.

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