State Asks Kansas Courts For Mediation In School Case

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Sam Brownback are asking the state Supreme Court to stay a lower court's ruling on school finance and send the case to mediation.

The documents were filed Thursday in Topeka in response to a Jan. 11 ruling from a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court that the state's system for funding K-12 schools was unconstitutional.

Brownback said in a statement that it is the Legislature's duty to set funding for schools but lawmakers owe it to taxpayers, parents, teachers and students to discuss a way to solve the dispute.

But House Democratic leader Rep. Paul Davis says the court order is clear and the Governor's request is an attempt to "avoid our constitutional obligation to provide a quality education to our children."

A group of school districts and parents filed the lawsuit in 2010 alleging that the state was out of compliance with a 2005 Supreme Court order.


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