As court prepares to hear school funding case, voters may hold most of the cards
"The long-running school finance lawsuit Gannon v. Kansas will return to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, marking the fourth time the justices have been asked to resolve the matter.
This time, though, the oral arguments before the court will coincide with a hotly contested political campaign in which the issue of school funding is driving many races for state legislative seats.
The arguments also come at a time when five of the seven Supreme Court justices are on the election ballot themselves.
'I sort of agree that in many ways, the upcoming elections might be a referendum on the two sides of the school finance debate,' said University of Kansas constitutional law professor Richard Levy. 'There are a lot of other factors at play. But how the elections shake out will bear heavily on the legislative response to any Supreme Court order. And it might have an impact on the Supreme Court itself.'"