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Fucking Kansas, why don't they just close schools

#1  Postby kennyc » Mar 08, 2014 2:38 pm

Court Orders Kansas Legislature to Spend More on Schools
By TREVOR GRAFF and JOHN ELIGONMARCH 7, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’s highest court ruled on Friday that funding disparities between school districts violated the state’s Constitution and ordered the Legislature to bridge the gap, setting the stage for a messy budget battle in the capital this year.

With its ruling, the State Supreme Court averted, for now, a larger constitutional showdown by ordering a lower court to reconsider the most controversial part of the case — whether the public school system statewide was adequately funded. The lower court originally ordered an increase of more than $400 million in school spending, and the conservative-led majority in the Legislature had vowed to defy that order if it were upheld. Legislators said it was the job of lawmakers, not judges, to appropriate money.

Still, the unanimous court decision Friday would seem to leave some Republican lawmakers in Kansas unsettled because it orders them, by July 1, to potentially appropriate tens of millions of dollars in payments to poorer districts to make the school system more equitable. The Legislature had been withholding those constitutionally mandated payments in recent years.

The issue of increasing base aid per student was politically charged because at the same time that lawmakers, led by the Republican governor, Sam Brownback, refused to increase funding, they passed the largest tax cuts in state history.

“I think the bottom line is that you still have a constitutional issue here as to which branch has the power of the purse,” said State Representative Kasha Kelley, a Republican who is chairwoman of the House Education Committee. “And clearly that duty lies with the legislative branch. I don’t believe that’s the place of the court.”

The court rejected the contention that it lacked the authority to make decisions on school funding, saying that it has the duty to determine whether legislative acts comply with the Kansas Constitution. “The judiciary is not at liberty to surrender, ignore or waive this duty,” the decision said.

Most of the attention in the case, Gannon v. Kansas, had been focused on the trial court’s order to raise base aid per student to $4,492, a 17 percent increase over the current level, to provide an adequate education for all Kansas students. On Friday, the Supreme Court held that the district court had not applied the proper standard to determine what constituted an adequate funding level and asked the lower court to re-examine that issue.

“Regardless of the source or amount of funding, total spending is not the touchstone for adequacy in education” under the State Constitution, the decision read.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/08/us/ka ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Fucking Kansas, why don't they just close schools

#2  Postby Made of Stars » Mar 08, 2014 8:53 pm

I can't think of any more cogent response to the Rethuglicans than this: :picard:

No prizes for guessing the racial make-up and voting predisposition in the poor school districts.
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