Veteran judges fill panel for Kansas schools case

In this photo from June 11, 2014, presiding Judge Franklin Theis, right, addresses attorneys in a three-judge panel's last Shawnee County District Court hearing in an education funding lawsuit in Topeka, Kan. The panel has ruled that the state is not adequately funding its public schools. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The three judges who say Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools have together served more than 80 years on the state’s trial courts.

The ruling Tuesday in Shawnee County District Court was from District Judges Franklin Theis (TICE) of Shawnee County, Robert Fleming of Labette County and retired District Judge Jack Burr of Sherman County.

Theis was the panel’s presiding judge and has served on the bench in Shawnee County since 1977.

Fleming has been a judge since 1996.

Burr retired as a full-time judge early in 2009 after serving more than 30 years on the bench.

A 2005 state law decreed that school funding lawsuits must be handled in district court by a three-judge panel, rather than by a single judge.


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