Politics & Government

Kansas high court leaves school finance suit in hands of 3-judge panel

A lawsuit over school funding will remain in the hands of a three-judge panel in Shawnee County, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss stated in a court order Thursday.

The panel ruled in December that school funding in Kansas is inadequate and the state appealed.

Since then, the Legislature has repealed the state’s school finance formula and replaced it with block grants.

Schools for Fair Funding, a group that represents Wichita and other districts, filed a petition with the district court to block the enactment of the new school finance law.

Now, the state Supreme Court has put the state’s appeal of the December decision on hold. The order signed by Nuss said the district court has “jurisdiction to resolve all pending post-trial matters,” including the petition against the block grants.

The three-judge panel will hold a hearing on the case May 7.