Blue Valley parents keeping a close eye on KS Supreme Court decision about school funding

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A much-anticipated ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court on whether the state legislature is adequately funding education will come down Thursday morning.

Kansas City, Kan., schools joined the lawsuit, which argues the state's move from per-pupil funding to block grants fails to provide equitable and adequate money for schools – especially poorer districts.

The Blue Valley School District is not a plaintiff in the case, but district supporters are watching the case closely.

A new parent group calling themselves Stand Up Blue Valley is more than 900 supporters strong on Facebook.

Posting regular updates and articles to social media, the organization’s main goal is to educate the community about issues impacting education – and keep tabs on how their elected leaders are voting on them.

“Our legislators are not reflecting what the Blue Valley community really holds as something very important to us,” said Patty Logan, a Blue Valley parent who sits on the group’s steering committee.

“We had been hearing a lot of information coming out of Topeka that we felt really was not factual information, that was anti-public education.”

Logan said it’s a project they feel passionate about after area schools have experienced numerous budget cuts over the years, and after hearing what they call “confusing and conflicting statements” from politicians about school funding.

“We feel that our community values the schools,” said Logan, “and if our community is educated and informed on what’s going on in Topeka that`s very detrimental to our school district, we think our community is going to rally in support of the Blue Valley School District.”

The group held a forum last week that was attended by more than 60 other concerned parents and state Rep. Melissa Rooker from Fairway, Kan.

Rooker talked about challenges in balancing the budget and urged parents to put pressure on their representatives to support pro-education legislation, Logan said.

“In the short-term, we will be following the legislation,” Logan said. “We’ll be posting on our Facebook page and sending out alerts to have parents have the opportunity to email legislators.”

In the meantime, the state Supreme Court decision is expected at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

FOX 4 reached out to several state representatives for comment on the group's mission Wednesday, but all were busy with meetings and hearings in Topeka, and did not get back to us yet.

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