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Will local lawmakers go to bat for local schools?

The Wichita Eagle

How local state lawmakers respond to the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent ruling on school finance will tell a lot about their priorities and loyalties – and could be informative during elections later this year. The court concluded that the state’s block-grant plan was funding schools inequitably. The most straightforward response to that ruling is to restore the prior equalization formula. That could also be the most beneficial to local school districts, as it would increase state funding to the Wichita school district by $10.1 million ($5.5 million of which would go to property tax relief), to Derby by $1.6 million, and to Maize and Goddard by $760,000. Will local lawmakers go to bat for local schools or defend a funding plan that benefits Johnson County school districts? – Phillip Brownlee