TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The debate over school funding was back before justices today. The Kansas Supreme Court must decide if fairness and equity changes made by lawmakers this past session are actually fair to schools.
School faculty is now hoping for the best but bracing for the worst.
“We have prepared for the worst case scenario. We’ve been speaking to our employees regarding what would happen if a shutdown occurred,” says Hutchinson Public Schools Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger.
“We have been speaking to teachers about getting their lump sum payments in advance if we can’t disperse paychecks to them.”
Attorneys from the state hoped to convince the Kansas Supreme Court that technical changes made this year would be sufficient to school districts and a shutdown would not be necessary.
The Court ordered lawmakers to improve school funding to those districts last February. But their changes didn’t boost overall spending
“We are working to provide security and safety for the district’s assets,” says KCK Superintendent Cynthia Lane. “If the school is not opened, we’re concerned about how we keep things safe and protected so that when school is opened they’ll be ready to go.”
The Supreme Court will have to make a ruling and lawmakers will either breathe a sigh of relief or will have to come back to the drawing board. They would have until June 30 to figure it out.