Kansas Supreme Court to hear arguments regarding funding for schools

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding funding for schools Friday morning.

The case, filed on behalf of Dodge City, Wichita, Hutchinson, and Kansas City Kansas, contends funding isn't equitable or adequate.

The seven justices will hear arguments that could cost the state hundreds of millions dollars.

A three-judge Shawnee County District Court panel found in June the state’s strategy for financing 286 school districts and cuts to state aid for low-income school districts was unconstitutional.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt requested a stay on the district court’s order while he pursued an appeal.

During Friday’s oral arguments one of the issues before the Supreme Court involves changing equalization aid, which could involve nearly $500 million a year in additional school funding.

According to documents, Plaintiffs argue that lawmakers effectively cut nearly $54 million in equalization aid and changed the formula in such a way that some larger districts, took big cuts, while others had their equalization aid cutoff entirely.

Every district wants as much money as possible. So it`ll be a challenge for lawmakers to agree on how to give it out legally and logistically.

The education budget makes up about 2/3rds of the state budget.