Partial dismissal of Kansas schools lawsuit sought

Derek Schmidt (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Derek Schmidt (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking a judicial panel to dismiss part of an education funding lawsuit against the state now that it has enacted a plan for boosting aid to poor school districts.

Schmidt filed his request Thursday with a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court. His filing came as the presiding District Judge Franklin Theis (TICE) set a June 11 hearing on whether the funding plan satisfies a Kansas Supreme Court order last month.

The Supreme Court ruled in a lawsuit filed by parents and school districts that the state needed to increase aid to poor districts. It also returned the case to the three-judge panel for further review of other issues.

Attorney John Robb said the plaintiffs are studying the order from Theis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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