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Courts push lawmakers to the wall on funding

from Education Week

Again and again, state supreme courts in Washington and Kansas have deemed their states' school funding formulas unconstitutional, in various rulings spread over a number of years. In response, state legislatures — in the view of the impatient justices — have either dragged their feet, backpedaled, or come up with inadequate solutions. Both courts seem to be fed up. A ruling by Kansas' high court would effectively shut the entire school system down if lawmakers fail to come up with a formula the court finds equitable by June 30. The justices are expected to decide later this year if the state's current block grant formula is adequate in terms of overall funding. more


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