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Fri January 10, 2014
No Ruling In Kansas School Finance Lawsuit
The Kansas Supreme Court generally issues rulings on Fridays, so many people in the Kansas Legislature were watching to see if the court would release its opinion in a controversial school finance case Friday.
The justices did not, so lawmakers are likely to start the legislative session on Monday without a decision in the case.
House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says the case could prompt lawmakers to consider rewriting the state's school funding formula.
“I think long term we’ve got to look at the formula and figure out where‘s the money going, is it in the rights silos, is it doing the right thing,” said Merrick.
The lawsuit argues Kansas isn't living up to its obligation to properly fund schools and education spending should be increased.