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Kansas Files Appeal Over Education Funding Ruling

The state of Kansas has filed an appeal of the ruling that found the state isn't spending enough money on its public schools.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the filing on Wednesday.

The Shawnee County District Court panel declared in its December ruling that the current funding is "inadequate from any rational perspective of the evidence."

The panel said the evidence suggests base state aid should increase to at least $4,654 per student - which would amount to about $548 million dollars per year.

However, the panel also suggested the figure could be much higher.

Kansas is facing a shortfall of nearly $600 million dollars in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st.