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PRESS RELEASE: Supreme Court Protects Children's Right To Adequate Education; Legislature Must Do The Same

TOPEKA — Ryan Wright, Executive Director of Kansans for Fair Courts, responded to today’s unanimous ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court in the Gannon v. State, school funding case that found the existing formula to be inadequate.

"The Kansas Supreme Court once again did its job and defended our children by upholding their constitutional right to an adequate education," Wright said. "It’s time for the legislature to do the same. In November, voters sent a strong message to Governor Brownback and his allies to stop playing politics with our children’s education, by retaining all five justices to the Kansas Supreme Court. It’s time to bring this issue to a close, fund our schools and solve this problem."

The court gave the legislature until June 30 to fix the inadequate formula. If the legislature fails to act by then, Kansas schools could be shuttered. The full opinion can be found here: http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/SupCt/2017/20170302/113267.pdf

"If the unthinkable happens and schools do not open next year, voters will not forgive their elected officials for failing to act," Wright said. "And, we plan to make sure that voters know exactly who in Topeka is part of the solution and who is part of the problem. When, as the ruling notes, one-fourth of all public school students lack the basic reading and math skills, there can be no gray area—it’s time to fix the problem."

Launched in 2013, Kansans for Fair Courts is a nonpartisan coalition of thousands of Kansans who are working to ensure fair and impartial courts for all Kansans and advocate for the importance of the merit selection system. KFFC is an initiative of the Kansas Values Institute. For more information, please visit: www.KansansForFairCourts.org.

Attachment: KFFC_Gannon_Decision_Release_3.2.17_FINAL.pdf

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