Schmidt wants court to ensure schools remain open

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants the state Supreme Court to rescind its warning that the state's schools may close if the Legislature doesn't fix funding inequities.

The high court found the state's school funding system unconstitutional in February and set a June 30 deadline for the Legislature to correct it.  A special legislative session is being held this month to address the issue.

Schmidt said Friday in a statement he filed a motion with the court requesting the court modify its May 27 order and make it clear that the court will ensure Kansas schools remain open.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Alan Rupe, the attorney for the school district in the school finance lawsuit, calls Schmidt's request premature and says the court is exercising its constitutional authority.