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Kansas Supreme Court Sets Calendar In School Funding Case

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The Kansas Supreme Court has set a schedule for the latest chapter in the seven-year lawsuit that accuses the state of underfunding public schools.

Lawyers for the state and the plaintiff school districts will submit briefs in the Gannon case by June 30. That was the deadline for implementing a school finance formula that meets constitutional muster.

The Legislature only passed a new formula this month. The court is allowing that to take effect while legal proceedings continue.

The formula boosts funding by nearly $300 million over two years. If the court decides that’s not enough, the Legislature may have to return for a special session and put in more money.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled to take place on July 18.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen is a reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and KCUR covering health, education and politics. You can reach her on Twitter @Celia_LJ