Ex-BOE member opposes Kan. school finance suit

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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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