February 13, 2016

Court finds school funding inadequate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the state of Kansas to provide additional funding to public education. The court ruled that the state’s current base state funding, $3,838 per weighted pupil, is not adequate. A three judge panel of District Court judges will review and determine what adequate funding Continue Reading

Mediation fails in school funding lawsuit

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Attempts to resolve a school funding lawsuit against the state of Kansas fell short last week. According to a mediation status report filed by the parties May 1, mediation “was unsuccessful.” Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt appealed the lawsuit and requested mediation after a three-judge panel found that recent Continue Reading

Judges rule Kansas’ school funding unconstitutional

State legislators must fund public education suitably by 2014.  That’s the word from a panel of Kansas District Court judges, who ruled on a case related to school funding today. The Gardner Edgerton School District is a party to the lawsuit against the state, which argued that current state funding of $3,838 per puil is Continue Reading

Competing lawsuits put school funding at center stage

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com The gloves are coming off as school districts, parents and legislators prepare to duke it out in court over Kansas’ school funding formula. At odds are two lawsuits, each challenging the way the state funds education. In early November Schools for Fair Funding, a lobbying group, filed a lawsuit against the State Continue Reading

SFFF files suit against state; GE joins

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Attorneys for Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF), a lobbying group that successfully sued for additional school funding in 2006, has filed a new lawsuit against the state. 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 Continue Reading

SFFF sues the state of Kansas

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 Continue Reading

SFFF files legal notice of claims against Kansas legislature

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF) is moving forward with  plans to sue the state legislature. The lobbying group comprised of Kansas school districts filed a “notice of claims” with the Kansas Senate and Kansas House of Representatives last week. The Gardner Edgerton School District is one of the organization’s 72 member districts. Continue Reading

SFFF files intent to sue state over school funding

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF) is moving forward with its plans to sue the state legislature. The lobbying group filed a “notice of claims” with the Kansas Senate and Kansas House of Representatives today. The Gardner Edgerton School District is one of the organization’s 72 member districts. SFFF successfully sued the state Continue Reading