TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Two Kansas Supreme Court justices have told an attorney for the state that it has broken promises made to public schools about their funding.
Justices Eric Rosen and Lee Johnson made their comments from the bench during arguments Tuesday on the appeal of a school funding lawsuit. The state is appealing a lower court ruling that legislators must boost annual funding for schools by at least $440 million.
The Supreme Court is hearing a lawsuit filed in 2010 by several school districts, including Dodge City, Hutchinson, Kansas City and Wichita. They argue the state has failed to comply with a 2006 court order to increase funding.
State Solicitor General Stephen McAllister argued that the state failed to comply because of the Great Recession.