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State Supreme Court dismisses school funding lawsuit

July 28, 2006

— The Kansas Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit that challenges how the state provides funding for its public schools.

The dismissal upholds the Kansas Legislature's latest plan to boost funding for schools by $541 million over three years.

Court orders led to a special session last summer and a $290 million increase in school spending for the 2005-06 academic year. However, the court allowed such an increase "for interim purposes" and told legislators more money would be required.

The plan approved this year increases aid to all districts, but it also targets those with high percentages of poor students and students who are at risk of failing academically.

"This case is not about winners and losers it is about the children of Kansas. They will be better educated and better prepared to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing society," Chief Justice Kay McFarland said Friday in a statement as the decision was released. "Kansas will be the ultimate beneficiary."

For more on the decision, check back at lansingcurrent.com and pick up the Aug. 3 edition of The Current.

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