State formally appeals Kansas school funding ruling

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The state has formally appealed the ruling as expected.

“We look forward to the Supreme Court affirming the trial court that the school finance being underfunded is unconstitutional,” Robb said in response to Schmidt’s appeal.

Robb also touched on Brownback’s proposal to shift the state to a block grant system of funding schools as a way to end school finance litigation while lawmakers develop a new formula.

“It really doesn’t matter whether it’s the new formula or the old formula or a block grant, it’s the underfunding of the schools that’s unconstitutional, and that’s what the Supreme Court is going to find.”