Major Cases

Kansas School Finance Litigation

Luke Gannon, et al. v. State of Kansas, In the District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas, Case No. 10-C-1569

In this matter, the plaintiffs have filed suit against the State of Kansas challenging the school finance formula.   In their suit, the plaintiffs claim that the state has unconstitutionally made cuts in funding for public education in contravention of Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution and that certain components of the school finance formula are unconstitutional.  In accordance with Kansas law, a three-judge panel has been appointed to preside over the trial.  The appointed judges are Judge Franklin R. Theis of Topeka, Judge Robert J. Fleming of Parsons, and retired Judge Jack L. Burr of Goodland.

The State of Kansas contends that the school finance formula is constitutional and that adequate funding has been provided for Kansas’ public schools, grades K-12. The Office of Attorney General is working with retained outside counsel to defend Kansas law.

The case was tried before the three-judge panel between June 4 and June 28, 2012.  The parties have submitted proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law for the panel’s consideration, and the matter awaits decision by the panel.

Attorney General Schmidt is committed to defending the legislature’s chosen means of funding Kansas’ public schools.