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Could Kansas face fines for underfunding schools?

The state supreme court in Washington is issuing daily fines of $100,000 until lawmakers comply with a court order to fully fund public education. It’s urging Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special session, which he is considering. “I will ask lawmakers to do that work as quickly as humanly possible so that they can step up to our constitutional and moral obligations to our children and lift the court sanctions,” he said. The court ruled that Washington is failing to pay for the cost of basic education, and that its school finance system relies too much on local tax levies, creating funding disparities. A three-judge panel in Topeka has similarly ruled that Kansas school funding is inadequate and inequitable. – Phillip Brownlee