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Thu Apr 7, 2016, 02:45 PM

Kansas governor signs funding bill to keep schools open

Source: Reuters

World | Thu Apr 7, 2016 12:51pm EDT

Kansas governor signs funding bill to keep schools open

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said on Thursday he signed a bill enacting a new school funding formula to replace one found to be unconstitutional by the state supreme court, which set a June deadline for legislative action.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in February that the funding system approved in 2015 by the Republican-controlled legislature was inequitable, falling $54 million short in funding for primary and secondary students in poor districts. Justices also warned that schools would be ordered to close if the legislature failed to take action by June 30.

"This bill is the result of a delicate legislative compromise one that I respectfully endorse and that the court should review with appropriate deference, the Republican governor said in a statement.

But Alan Rupe, an attorney representing four public school districts that sued the state, said the new law does not remedy the inequity problem and that he will ask the supreme court to review the law.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kansas-education-idUSKCN0X42AJ

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