TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Sam Brownback Friday said a panel of three state judges has exceeded its authority in a ruling that appears to require the state to provide an additional $54 million in aid to districts immediately.
In a news release, Brownback said, “The three-judge panel has once again violated its Constitutional authority with this ruling. It has now taken upon itself the powers specifically and clearly assigned to the legislative and executive branches of government. In doing so, it has replaced the judgment of Kansas voters with the judgment of unelected activist judges.
“For the first time ever, the state will invest more than $4 billion in K-12 education in Kansas in Fiscal Year 2016.”
Top Republicans in the GOP-dominated Legislature were reviewing the order Friday afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce called the decision “overwhelming” because of its complexity.