Ex-BOE member opposes Kan. school finance suit

FILE - Kansas State Board of Education members Kathy Busch, lower left, and Jim McNiece, lower right, listen to public comments as opponents and supporters of multistate academic standards crowd behind them during a board meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. Both Busch and McNiece are Wichita Republicans who support adopting new, multistate science standards as Kansas' own. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
FILE - Kansas State Board of Education members Kathy Busch, lower left, and Jim McNiece, lower right, listen to public comments as opponents and supporters of multistate academic standards crowd behind them during a board meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. Both Busch and McNiece are Wichita Republicans who support adopting new, multistate science standards as Kansas' own. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former member of the Kansas State Board of Education is opposing a school finance suit, saying school districts don’t need more money.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://is.gd/xFX84G ) reports that Wichita Republican Walt Chappell submitted an amicus brief to the Kansas Supreme Court this month. He says school districts could save nearly a billion dollars by consolidating, making teachers work longer hours and cutting funding for low-income students.

The school finance lawsuit accuses the state and Legislature of underfunding schools by hundreds of millions of dollars. In January, a Shawnee County District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, an alliance of about 50 school districts.

The case since has proceeded to the Kansas Supreme Court.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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