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Last month a kansas
Legislative Post Audit report encouraged additional school district consolidation in the state, and lawmakers have quickly responded with legislation. One bill introduced would have financially penalized small districts based solely on their size. House Education Committee Chair Clay Aurand, the bill’s sponsor, said he wanted the financial pressure to force districts into consolidatio...
...districts representing rural and urban areas along with thirty-two representative school children.
lawmakers have steadily decreased aid to students since the onset of the recession. In 2010, a coalition of districts filed suit saying that schools were unable to provide a constitutionally sufficient education with the diminished funding. The plaintiffs also alleged that the effect of funding cuts was harsher in districts with the most challenging student populations.
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A three-judge panel in kansas
heard closing arguments in the Gannon school funding lawsuit in late August. The arguments were presented more than eight weeks after testimony in the trial ended.
Lawyers for the 54 plaintiff school districts argued that costs and requirements have gone up while funding has gone down. But the state’s attorney said that the 16% cuts to education in recent years are “insignifica...
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The school district coalition, Schools for Fair Funding, has decided to ask the kansas
Supreme Court to reopen the Montoy school funding lawsuit. The coalition represents more than 140,000 students and is comprised of some 70 districts, including Wichita, the state’s largest district and Cheylin, its smallest. The group had been contemplating this action in the context of continuing cuts to education.
In 2006, the Court ordered the state to increase aid to publ...
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is facing additional state cuts in education and some legislators are considering consolidation as a cost-saving measure. A former state education commissioner has warned a budget committee examining the issue that administrative cuts would not make a significant difference and pointed out that school closures would soon follow district consolidations. He also encouraged a full study of att...
...so contend that the state does not need a new formula but needs to fully fund the current formula.
districts suffered a loss of $232 per student in state aid this year, the third consecutive annual cut to per-pupil funding. The cuts continue to spur consolidation of small districts, which are also pressed into mergers by financial incentives.
Legislators also recently changed accounting laws so that districts can use reserve funding — typically for emergencies — for salaries...
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New constitutional language proposed. A committee in the kansas
State of Representatives Committee has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar courts from ordering increases in school spending. The move is a response to recent lawsuits that challenged the state’s school funding levels. (For more information, read previous RSFN coverage of the issue here.)
The proposed language reads: "The Legislature shall provide the equit...
...icipated, a coalition of school districts has filed a new funding lawsuit, Gannon et al v. State of kansas
. The plaintiff group, Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF), now includes 63 districts in the state, many in rural areas.
Schools initially benefitted from the ruling in the last school finance case, Montoy v. kansas
. But in ensuing years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been cut from school budgets. (RSFN has followed the litigation plans closely over the past year; see coverage beginning ...
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School consolidation may be on the agenda in the next kansas
legislative session. The Republican-led House Appropriations committee has been working during the interim between sessions to investigate a number of possible cuts in state spending. The committee has created a list of items they say constitute government overspending. School district costs are on that list and some members are proposing consolidation as a solution. Democrats have criticiz...
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Supreme Court has decided not to reopen the Montoy funding case to address severe underfunding of schools, saying that such a move is only to be used “in extraordinary circumstances” and “as the last resort.”
Schools For Fair Funding, a coalition of 74 school districts had asked the state’s high court to consider two questions: “Was the unconstitutional ...
... their educational platforms. Republican candidate Sam Brownback has expressed interest in changing kansas
’ state funding law to something more similar to what was in place prior to the last round of school funding litigation. He has also said he wants local districts to have greater authority to raise taxes, but has not released more specific information.
Some of Brownback's opponents have tried to link him to a proposal put forth by Republican House Speaker pro tem Arlen Siegfreid th...
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A forthcoming school finance lawsuit in kansas
is already having an impact, despite that fact that the suit has not yet been filed.
Schools for Fair Funding notified the state earlier this summer of its plans to file a new lawsuit. Since then the State Board of Education has voted to increase its school funding proposal to the legislature. Board members voting for the increase referred to the move as “funding the law” while...
The coalition of school districts that brought the Montoy school funding suit in kansas
wants to reopen the lawsuit in an attempt to stop continued decreases in school funding. State aid increased initially after the 2004 and 2005 Montoy decisions, but current funding levels have returned to pre-Montoy levels.
A series of informational meetings has been held across the state. Districts have until November to decide whether to join the suit.
State education le...
...yers for fifty-four school districts and thirty-two representative school children in the Gannon v. kansas
school funding lawsuit are making their case to a panel of three state district judge in the Shawnee District Court.
Their constitutional arguments focus on the $500 million in school funding cuts that have occurred in the state. The districts allege that those cuts have resulted in reduced academic achievement for students, particularly for students of color and at-risk students. The Ka...
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A coalition of 74 kansas
school districts has notified the state that it will file a new school funding lawsuit. Schools for Fair Funding filed a notice of their intent to sue after the legislature approved its new three-year funding plan. According to plaintiff attorneys, schools have been cut $303 million over the past 16 months. Legislators point to major decreases in revenue as justification for the cuts.