Kansas Senate Approves Change On School Funding

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate has approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution to prevent the courts from deciding disputes over how much the state spends on its public schools.

The vote Wednesday was 27-13, meeting the constitutional majority required to send the bill to the House where 84 of 125 votes are needed to put it on the ballot.

The measure adds a new sentence to the Kansas Constitution's article on education, declaring that the Legislature has the exclusive power to determine how much the state will spend on schools.

That article now requires the Legislature to make suitable provision for financing education.

A school funding lawsuit is pending before the Kansas Supreme Court after a three-judge panel ruled that lawmakers aren't meeting their constitutional duty and must spend more.