AG Derek Schmidt statement on Kansas Supreme Court school finance decision

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TOPEKA – (June 25, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement on the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision today in Gannon v. Kansas, the school-finance case:

“Today’s brief and unanimous decision has several positive attributes: It affirms that the school-funding system is constitutionally equitable, approves of targeting new funding toward helping underperforming students, ensures Kansas schools remain open and operating this fall, flatly rejects the plaintiffs’ unreasonable demands for an additional $1 billion windfall, and provides a relatively clear path for the Legislature to reach what the Court will consider constitutionally adequate school funding. Still, compliance with this order will require the Legislature to appropriate significantly more funding starting next year. I continue to believe that Kansans should be given the chance to vote on a constitutional amendment to indicate whether this litigation-driven funding system is really how they want school-funding decisions to be made.”