Funding for public schools in Kansas has been the subject of litigation for more than three decades. The issues are both simple and complex. Citizens in Kansas recognized the critical importance of education to achieving a quality life, and in 1962 voted to add the provision of “suitable finance” for public schools to our state’s constitution. Suitable finance has been defined by the courts as “equitable” for all students regardless of where they live in the state, and “adequate” in amount to meet the standards (noted in state law).
The issue really is that all kids deserve access to a quality education, no matter their circumstances or wealth of the communities they live. I recently watched this video and thought FINALLY a resource that explains the issues in a clear and matter-of-fact way. I want to share the link to see what you think. The video is produced by @loud_light, an affiliate of the Mainstream Coalition. Let me know what you think.
We are back at the Supreme Court for a hearing on the most recent school finance lawsuit on May 22, 2018. Let’s get this issue to the finish line for the benefit of all students in Kansas! “It’s Up to Us!”