Attorneys for Schools for Fair Funding, a lobbying group that successfully sued the state for additional school funding in 2005, has filed a new lawsuit against the state of funding.

The group, which includes Gardner Edgerton USD 231, alleges that Kansas public schools are not being funded adequately and are denying Kansas children the right to an education.

The case was filed in Shawnee District Court in Topeka. Chief Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals, Gary Rulon, will assign a three-judge panel to hear the case.

The lawsuit does not ask that Kansas’ existing school finance formula be scrapped. However, John Robb, one of two attorneys representing SFFF, said in a press release that the current formula needs to be fully funded.

“Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. The formula doesn’t need to be abandoned in some smoke and mirrors, illusory change. No formula will work if it is not adequately funded,” Robb said.

— Danedri Thompson