Kansas Supreme Court Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling

By Bryan McLoone | bmcloone@nexstar.tv

Published 03/07 2014 09:21PM

Updated 03/07 2014 09:23PM

GALENA, KS.--- The Kansas Supreme Court has made a ruling on the state's education funding lawsuit. The court determined the way the state currently funds schools is unconstitutional. This could lead to more money for education in Southeast Kansas.    

"This decision, the way it's come down for any district who's receiving state aid, it's important," said Brian Smith, Galena Unified School District Superintendent.

Galena Unified School District Superintendent Brian Smith says the supreme courts decision is a win for his schools.

"This might give us the opportunity to hire back some positions we've had to cut over the years," said Smith. 
"The main thing they did is say yes, this is broken," said Adam Lusker, District 2 Kansas. 

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled the current Kansas public school funding levels are unconstitutional.

"The court said, we do have a role in making sure the children of Kansas are educated equally," said Smith. 

State Representative Adam Lusker says equalization is important, especially in rural Kansas.

"If you live in one of my districts, your children can get equal education to the children in wealthier valued areas,"  said Lusker. 

Lusker says the court offered two areas to fix the funding.

"The capital outlay and the lob, it's $139 million to fully fund the lob. And I think 29 million on the capital outlays," said Lusker. 
For Smith, that extra money will benefit his students and the community.

"I feel very good about this. I think the courts stood up for the poorest people in the State of Kansas," said Smith. 

The court set a July 1st deadline for legislators to add money to those to areas for school funding. The state already has more than $3 billion budgeted for next school year.

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