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Gannon v. State
Kansas Supreme Court
319 P.3d 1196 (2014)
The Kansas Constitution required the State of Kansas (defendant) to provide suitable education for all Kansas children. This suitability standard required both adequacy and equity of funding. Traditionally, school funding came through local taxes and state aid. Because local tax revenues varied widely depending on the relative wealth of various school districts, the state aid generally made up for such disparities. In 2010, the state eliminated its capital-outlay payments to school districts under this formula. Luke Gannon (plaintiff) sued the state, alleging that these cuts violated the state’s constitutional duty to provide equitable education. The trial court held that the state underfunded public education by eliminating state aid for capital outlay to certain less wealthy school districts. The state appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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