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Lawyers Seek Up To $1.5B More For Kansas Schools

Kansas News Service

Attorneys for four public school districts suing Kansas are arguing that a new school funding law is as much as $1.5 billion short of providing adequate funding.

The attorneys filed legal arguments Monday with the Kansas Supreme Court against a new state law that phases in a $548 million increase in spending on public schools over five years.

Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt argued Monday that the GOP-controlled Legislature approved a "massive" funding increase.

The districts' attorneys say that after the first year, the increase would barely keep up with inflation.

The state Supreme Court ruled in October that Kansas' current funding of more than $4 billion a year isn't adequate. It plans to hold a hearing May 22 on the new law.