Kansas House And Senate Committees Meet Today On Education Funding

Kansas legislators plan to discuss a short-term education funding fix to satisfy the state Supreme Court while also debating longer-term proposals for curbing the court’s power to force school finance changes.

The House and Senate Judiciary committees are convening today for joint hearings on both issues.

Gov. Sam Brownback called a special session of the Legislature for June 23. Lawmakers will address a recent Supreme Court decision that education funding remains unfair to poor school districts. The court has threatened to close schools after June 30 if the legislature does not act. Though that closure would not likely take place officially until mid-July at the earliest.

Some Republicans want to amend the state constitution to prevent the courts from threatening to close schools in the future, but such a measure would have to go before voters in the November general election.