Kansas City Superintendent Details Education Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kansas City, Kan., school superintendent Cynthia Lane says her district has had to drop programs and staff because of state cuts in education funding.

Lane was on the stand for the second day Tuesday in the Shawnee County District Court trial of a lawsuit filed by more than 50 districts alleging the state is not meeting a constitutional requirement to provide suitable education to every student.

She told the three-judge panel hearing the case that the district has tried to mitigate the reductions as much as possible. But she says the reductions are beginning to impact student achievement in the district, where 88 percent of the district's students qualify for free school lunches.

Attorneys for the state were scheduled to cross-examine Lane later Tuesday.

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