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AG Derek Schmidt asks Kansas Supreme Court to approve new school finance plan

Release Date: Jun 16, 2017

TOPEKA – (June 16, 2017) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today asked the Kansas Supreme Court to quickly approve the new school finance plan signed into law yesterday by Gov. Sam Brownback.

In a Notice of Legislative Cure filed today with the Supreme Court, Schmidt says the new legislation “complies with this Court’s Opinion … and is reasonably calculated to have all Kansas public education students meet or exceed” the requirements established by the Court.

Noting that the Court had given the Legislature only until June 30 to bring the Kansas school-funding system into compliance with the state Constitution, Schmidt asked the Court to complete its review of the new legislation before then or to extend that deadline. If the deadline passes without an approved school-funding system in place, the existing law authorizing money for schools will be invalidated, effectively shutting off funding for the state’s public school system and closing schools.

A copy of the notice is available at http://bit.ly/2ryTG9a.

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