State Supreme Court accepts education formula

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The Kansas Supreme Court accepted a new public school funding plan Tuesday, officially ending the threat of a shutdown late this week.

"It's official," Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced in a statement. "The Legislature has satisfied the Constitution's requirement for equitable school funding."  The latest plan was approved Friday during a special session of the legislature.

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A three-page order signed by Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said the latest plan "revives the structure" of a previous school funding formula "that we previously approved as constitutional.... the equity issues on appeal are presently resolved."

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But the order noted the public school funding debate has a second part, involving adequate funding overall for education. Oral arguments on that aspect are planned before the Kansas Supreme Court, but no date was announced Tuesday.