School funding lawsuit continues into mediation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Supreme Court ordered mediation weeks ago in a school funding lawsuit, but there’s no sense that the lawyers involved are making progress toward a settlement.

 

The talks began in recent weeks to resolve the dispute over whether the state is fulfilling its obligation to adequately fund public schools.

 

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court ruled in favor of parents and school districts who sued the state. An appeal is set to be heard in October by the state Supreme Court.

 

Meanwhile, attorneys for the state and parents are under a gag order not to discuss the talks’ progress.

 

Legislators have been working on several school finance provisions, which the attorneys for parents and school districts say do little to improve the state’s case.

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