Attorney General Officially Files School Finance Appeal

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Attorney General Derek Schmidt officially filed the state's appeal of a school finance ruling.

A spokesperson for the Kansas Supreme Court said the clerk's office received the filing Friday.

A three-judge district court panel ruled Jan. 11 in favor of parents and schools who said the state's method of funding K-thru-12 public schools was unconstitutional. The judge's said the state did not live up to its promise to increase education funding as ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2006.

Among other things, the panel's ruling barred lawmakers from making any further cuts to K-thru-12 spending and gave a suggested amount for per-pupil spending that would begin to remedy the situation.

In his filing, Schmidt lists 10 issued that could be raised. Those include whether the panel's order violates constitutional separation of powers, which gives sole power to appropriate funds to the Legislature. Schmidt also questions whether the judges considered all revenue sources for Kansas schools in making their decision, if they used inadmissible evidence of the Legislature's intent and whether the question of suitable funding levels is something the courts can answer.

No timeline is set yet for when the Kansas Supreme Court might hear the case.