Kansas To Appeal Ruling That Found Education Is Underfunded

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas' top prosecutor has announced plans to appeal a district court panel ruling that found the state isn't spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/15rWgxL) reports that Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the appeal plans Friday morning. Later, his office announced it had filed a motion asking for a clearer explanation of the ruling.

Schmidt also said he doesn't distinguish between the formula and the funding of the formula. Part of the debate over school finance has centered on whether the formula itself is flawed or simply underfunded.

Schmidt told lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee new court filings will come soon. The appeals deadline in the case comes next week.