Politics & Government

Brownback meeting with legislators, lawyers over Kansas Supreme Court school funding ruling

Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he was meeting with legislators and attorneys on the recent state Supreme Court ruling that threatened to shut down Kansas public schools for the next school year if the Legislature does not fix funding issues by June 30.

The state’s high court ruled in one portion of the ongoing Gannon v. Kansas case that school districts were not funded equitably. The remedy is expected to cost the state about $100 million, which was not addressed by the Legislature in its recent budget revisions.

Asked whether he took the court’s threat of a shutdown seriously, Brownback said, “I take them seriously on the issue of equalization.”

On whether he thought the court was bluffing: “I’m not going to comment on that.”

“The court made a ruling, and they put a hard deadline on it, but I think you have to respect the process,” he said. “It takes time.”