GOP leader pursuing change in Kansas Constitution on schools

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

A top Republican legislator is drafting a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent Kansas courts from shutting down public schools in lawsuits over education funding.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has called a special session for lawmakers to address a Kansas Supreme Court decision that said the state's education funding system is unfair to poor schools. The court said schools will be unable to reopen after June 30, if lawmakers don't act.

The Kansas Senate's vice president, Sen. Jeff King, outlined his proposal amendment Thursday and said he plans to have the Senate Judiciary Committee review it next week. The Republican chairs the committee, which will meet with its House counterpart before the special session starts June 23.

If lawmakers approve King's proposed amendment, it would go on the ballot in November.