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.

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