Archive for Thursday, December 30, 2004

Court to announce school finance decision

December 30, 2004

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court will file its decision in the school finance case on Monday.

The opinion will be posted at 9:30 a.m. on the court's Web site at, according to court officials.

A state district judge declared the $2.7 billion school finance system unconstitutional, saying it shortchanged all students, especially minorities and those with disabilities.

The state appealed to the state Supreme Court.

State officials have been anxiously awaiting the court's decision, among them State Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing.

"I haven't changed my position on this since the court took up the case, but I think both sides will be frustrated," he said.

Wilk said he suspected the court would find parts of the state's funding formula unconstitutional, but "I don't think that there'll be any crystal clear direction given by the court on where to go with school finance."

The court ruling, coming exactly one week before the 2005 legislative session begins, will thrust school finance onto the front burner of the session, Wilk predicted.

"School finance is always a big topic, it's always a major issue, but this decision will just put it out there in front of everything," he said.


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