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New group of parents seek to intervene in case against Kansas school funding formula
The federal lawsuit against the Kansas school funding formula filed by a group of Mission Valley parents has a new hurdle to overcome.
The Kansas City Star reported that a group of parents from districts in Hutchinson, Dodge City, Kansas City, Kan., and Wichita filed a motion to intervene in the suit yesterday, claiming that what the Mission Valley parents’ lawsuit seeks — a lift on the local option budget cap — is unconstitutional. The motion to intervene, which was filed in Shawnee County District Court, contends that allowing parents in wealthier districts to tax themselves to pay for schools would create an unfair playing field for children in the rest of the state. The parents say it’s the state legislature’s failure to adequately fund schools, not the local option budget, that’s to blame for school funding crises across Kansas.
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