The Kansas Supreme Court plans to schedule the next formal steps in the school finance lawsuit on Monday.
According to a release from the court, the Kansas Supreme Court notified lawyers in the above-captioned case to appear by phone for a scheduling conference at 8:30 a.m. Monday to discuss deadlines and identify at least the major issues arising out of the signing yesterday afternoon of Senate Bill 19, the school finance bill.
The court will issue a scheduling order later Monday. Counsel were notified early Friday of the scheduling conference Monday so they have ample time to review and prepare for the call.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt also asked the Kansas Supreme Court Friday to quickly approve the new school finance plan.
In a Notice of Legislative Cure filed today with the Supreme Court, Schmidt says the new legislation “complies with this Court’s Opinion … and is reasonably calculated to have all Kansas public education students meet or exceed” the requirements established by the Court.
Noting that the Court had given the Legislature only until June 30 to bring the Kansas school-funding system into compliance with the state Constitution, Schmidt asked the Court to complete its review of the new legislation before then or to extend that deadline.
If the deadline passes without an approved school-funding system in place, the existing law authorizing money for schools will be invalidated, effectively shutting off funding for the state’s public school system and closing schools.