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Kansas school finance ruling could pave way to overhaul formula

Source: 
Lawrence Journal-World
Author: 
Peter Hancock
Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015

"Tuesday's court ruling in the ongoing school finance lawsuit could open the door for something Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican leaders in the Legislature have long been calling for — an overhaul of the state's school finance formula.

That's the assessment of Kansas University constitutional law professor Rick Levy. But he said lawmakers should be careful to make sure any new formula is designed to produce the results that the courts are now saying are expected.

'If I were advising the Legislature, I would start over and craft a formula based on what it takes to achieve the outcomes, and see where that takes you,' Levy said. 'If they think there are savings to be had, then craft the appropriate law in a way that targets those savings.'"