Briefs filed in school funding litigation

“Lawyers for Kansas and for dozens of school districts suing it filed briefs Friday at the Kansas Supreme Court, in what could be the final leg of a seven-year legal battle over school finance.

“The state argues legislation passed early this month ratchets up annual state aid to schools by nearly $300 million over the next two years, and that should be enough to end the Gannon v. Kansas case once and for all.

Download the state’s brief.

“The plaintiffs, meanwhile, lay out a case for increasing funding by another $600 million on top of that. If that argument succeeds, it could prompt a special legislative session to appropriate more money — and hammer out the details of how to pay for it.

Download the plaintiff’s brief.

“Each side has one week to submit reply briefs picking apart each other’s claims. Oral arguments are scheduled for July 18.”

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Originally posted on Facebook 7/1/17.

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