Attorneys for the coalition of 72 Kansas school districts known as Schools for Fair Funding are paving the way for a new school finance fight in the courts.
Yesterday, John Robb and Alan Rupe filed a "notice
of claims" with the Kansas Legislature, the next step toward filing
the new lawsuit (and a move required by Kansas law).
In the notice, the Schools for Fair Funding attorneys say lawmakers
didn't follow through on a three-year funding plan that settled the
2006 school finance case, Montoy vs. Kansas. In year three, they say
lawmakers and Gov. Mark Parkinson cut school funding by $303
million. Add those cuts to "the inadequacy of school funding levels
and after those cuts," they say, and you get a violation of the Kansas
recent increase in the state's sales tax has stopped the cuts, but it
hasn't replaced the loss of $303 million.
Expect the lawsuit to be filed in October -- and a trial in 2011.