Lawyer suing Kansas sees schools ruling as victory

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, leans in to listen to Xen Hesse as the two each lunch at Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park, Kan. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. The case has broader implications beyond the classroom: Kansas enacted sweeping cuts to income taxes championed by Brownback that have reduced the amount of available resources to comply with a court order. (AP Photo/John Milburn, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, leans in to listen to Xen Hesse as the two each lunch at Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park, Kan. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. The case has broader implications beyond the classroom: Kansas enacted sweeping cuts to income taxes championed by Brownback that have reduced the amount of available resources to comply with a court order. (AP Photo/John Milburn, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for Kansas parents and school districts suing the state over education funding says the state Supreme Court’s ruling in the case is a victory for children.

Newton attorney John Robb said Friday he’s pleased with the high court’s ruling. The justices ordered the Legislature to boost two kinds of aid to school districts by July 1.

It returned the case to Shawnee County District Court for more hearings on how much the state must spend overall to provide for all children have an adequate education.

Robb said the guidelines the Supreme Court set for reviewing total funding are in line with what the parents and school districts had suggested at trial.

But Gov. Sam Brownback and other Republican leaders also said they were pleased by the decision.

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