Kansas teacher group wants boost in school aid now

Kansas Sen. Anthony Hensley talks about the Kansas Supreme Court ruling regarding school finance on Friday, March, 7, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional, and the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris Neal)
Kansas Sen. Anthony Hensley talks about the Kansas Supreme Court ruling regarding school finance on Friday, March, 7, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional, and the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris Neal)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The largest teachers union in Kansas says legislators shouldn’t wait on more court rulings to increase total state spending on public schools.

Kansas National Education Association President Karen Godfrey said Friday that lawmakers can end a lawsuit over school funding by boosting the state’s aid to school districts this year.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a suit filed by parents and school districts that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its schools. It ordered the state to increase spending on two types of aid by July 1 but ordered more lower-court hearings on how much the state needs to spend overall.

Teachers’ union officials were disappointed that more court hearings have been ordered and said lawmakers should move ahead anyway.

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