The Kansas State Board of Education and Kansas schools are committed to achieving Kansas’ vision for education – Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. Kansas will achieve this vision only when schools, communities and policymakers work together.
Today, the Kansas Supreme Court announced its decision that Kansas’ public education financing system doesn’t meet the constitutional standards of adequacy.
As elected members of the Kansas State Board of Education, we each took an oath to uphold the Kansas Constitution and will continue to abide by all rulings provided by the Supreme Court.
In accordance with K.S.A. 75-3717, the state board must submit a budget to the governor by Sept. 15 each year. The state board considered the guidance provided by the three-judge panel and what previous legislatures had established prior to budget cuts made during the recession as a basis for the development of the fiscal year 2018 and 2019 education budgets. Based on today’s Supreme Court ruling, it appears the FY 2018 and 2019 budgets as submitted by the state board are consistent with the court’s ruling.
The Kansas State Board of Education supports the work of Kansas legislators and we are confident they will develop a school funding system that satisfies all constitutional requirements.
Chair, Kansas State Board of Education
Vice Chair, Kansas State Board of Education
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