Appeal Filed for School Funding

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office has filed its expected appeal of a ruling on school funding with the state Supreme Court.

Schmidt’s office took the action Friday in hope of overturning a decision last month by a three-judge panel in Shawnee County. The judges said the state isn’t spending enough on public schools to meet its obligation under the Kansas Constitution to finance a suitable education for every child.

Legislators would have to boost annual spending on schools by at least $440 million to comply with the order. The lower court ruling came in a lawsuit filed by 32 students, their parents and guardians and four school districts.

Schmidt’s office had promised an appeal. It’s not clear when the Supreme Court will take up the appeal.