As both Legislative chambers consider their own school funding plans, there is a question: How much time do they have to fix schools in time for Supreme Court review?
“Just looking historically at how the court’s responded when the state’s been here before back in 2005, the court dealt with the case then in about eight days,” said counsel for the Kansas Legislature, former Senator Jeff King. “They gave each party two to three days to brief it, heard oral argument and then issued an opinion within a couple days after that.”
This doesn’t appear to put much time pressure on the Legislature, yet.
“I don’t pretend to know how the court will respond this time,” said King. “Historically, they have managed the situation pretty quickly when faced with the
question, will schools be able to open.”
Right now, the ball is still in the Legislature’s court to come to an agreement, not only on the formula’s structure, but also on the amount of additional dollars to
be put into it.
“I think the Legislature seems to be looking at a court that will be responsive once they know what the Legislature will do.”
The law that provided block grant funding to schools will be allowed to expire on June 30th, and without a replacement, there will be no legal mechanism for
distributing state funding to public schools.