Kansas Supreme Court Orders Mediation In School Suit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, March 1, 2013

The Kansas Supreme Court has stayed a lower court's ruling directing legislators to increase spending on public schools and ordered mediation in an education funding lawsuit.

The Supreme Court issued a pair of one-page orders Friday, both signed by Chief Justice Lawton Nuss.

Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt had asked the high court to require mediation in the case.

The lawsuit was filed in October 2010 by parents of public school students and several school districts.

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court ruled in January that the state isn't meeting its obligations under the Kansas Constitution to suitably fund schools. Legislators would have to boost annual spending by at least $440 million.

The Supreme Court put the panel's order on hold until it rules in the case.

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