Judge Declares the Schools For Fair Funding Organization is a Public Entity

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Butler County judge says Schools For Fair Funding must proceed to trial or release financial documents requested by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

The organization is arguing that it is exempt from open records laws because public school superintendents who formed the organization were acting on their own. But Judge David A. Ricke said on Thursday that he finds no reason to consider Schools For Fair Funding a private entity.

The nonprofit group, whose own lawsuit led to increased funding or public schools, has received more than three million dollars from public schools over the past seven years. It has also lobbied lawmakers for more.

The Capital-Journal sued for its financial statements after the group redacted large parts of more than 2,000 pages supplied.