2011 News Releases

Federal court rejects challenge to Kansas school funding law

Release Date: Mar 11, 2011

TOPEKA – (March 11, 2011) – A federal district judge today rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Kansas system of financing public schools.

U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum dismissed a lawsuit brought by parents in the Shawnee Mission School District. The lawsuit had sought to eliminate the statutory limit on the amount of local property tax revenues that can be raised by a local school district.

“Today’s decision leaves intact the balance struck by the people’s elected representatives in the legislature related to the financing of our public schools,” said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who had sought the dismissal that was granted today. “We will continue to defend the authority of the legislature and the governor to set school funding priorities and to balance competing interests.”

The judge, in his ruling, wrote that the district “has no inherent or statutory authority outside the statutory funding scheme to impose a local tax to benefit the district.” Therefore, the court dismissed the lawsuit because the plaintiffs lacked standing.

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