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Court Ruling To Dictate Way Forward On School Funding

A long fight over how Kansas funds its public schools will move from the courts to the Capitol next year after the state Supreme Court issues a ruling.

The ruling could force state lawmakers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more to school districts - or require they do nothing at all.

A lower court has ruled the state is not meeting its constitutional obligations for funding schools and has ordered an increase in spending of more than $440 million. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case in October and its decision is expected around the same time the legislative session begins on Jan. 13.

Kansas will spend more than $3 billion in the current fiscal year, and Republican leaders show no indication they will increase that amount willingly.