The Kansas Supreme Court has set the date for oral arguments over the funding adequacy of the state’s public schools.
At 9 a.m. Sept. 21, the Legislature and Kansas schools each will have 60 minutes to present argument to the court on two adequacy issues in determining whether public schools have enough money to meet expectations.
One issue deals with whether the Legislature has met its duty under Article Six of the Kansas Constitution regarding funding adequacy for schools.
The other issue relates to what remedy would be deemed appropriate if the court affirms a previously set position that the current funding levels are inadequate.
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Previously the schools have argued in court documents that low test scores in their districts show that current funding remains inadequate, and they are asking the court to uphold a three-judge panel’s order to increase funding by at least $550 million a year.
Information is not available on whether a court decision would come before the November 2016 elections. Five of the seven Supreme Court justices are up for retention votes.
Adequacy is the second Kansas school funding problem set for resolution this year. The Kansas Legislature late last month, to meet a July 1 deadline to keep schools from closing in the fall, passed what the court said is an equitable school funding system.