Kansas Supreme Court http://kmuw.org en Court: Schools Unconstitutionally Unequal http://kmuw.org/post/court-schools-unconstitutionally-unequal <p>The Kansas Supreme Court says the state has created unconstitutional inequalities between school districts by cutting state funds.</p><p>School districts and parents filed a lawsuit asking the state to increase education funding. The court says lawmakers created inequality when they cut certain education funds during the recession.</p><p>Justices say lawmakers must solve the problem by July, and some estimates indicate that a fix could cost more than $100 million.</p><p>Joyce Eisenmenger Morrison is with the group Schools for Fair Funding, which filed the lawsuit.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:56:15 +0000 Stephen Koranda 31163 at http://kmuw.org Court Ruling To Dictate Way Forward On School Funding http://kmuw.org/post/court-ruling-dictate-way-forward-school-funding <p>A long fight over how Kansas funds its public schools will move from the courts to the Capitol next year after the state Supreme Court issues a ruling. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:39:47 +0000 Associated Press 28087 at http://kmuw.org KS Supreme Court Hears Appeals In Carr Brothers Case http://kmuw.org/post/ks-supreme-court-hears-appeals-carr-brothers-case <p>The Kansas Supreme Court heard death penalty appeals Tuesday from two brothers convicted in a quadruple murder. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:14:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 27778 at http://kmuw.org Court Set To Hear First Hard 50 Appeal Since Law Change http://kmuw.org/post/court-set-hear-first-hard-50-appeal-law-change <p>Kansas Supreme Court justices are set to hear the first appeal of a Hard 50 prison sentence since lawmakers changed the way the sentence is imposed during a September special session. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:40:41 +0000 Associated Press 25171 at http://kmuw.org Justices Mulling Over Education Funding Suit http://kmuw.org/post/justices-mulling-over-education-funding-suit <p>In the Kansas Supreme Court hearing on school funding this week, justices had some pointed questions for the attorneys.</p><p>At issue is whether the state should increase education spending. But how much can we gather about the possible outcome of the case from the questions and comments made by the justices?<br /><br />Here&rsquo;s just one example from the oral arguments:</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:19:56 +0000 Stephen Koranda 24662 at http://kmuw.org Kan. On Defensive Over School Funding Before Court http://kmuw.org/post/kan-defensive-over-school-funding-court <p>Several Kansas Supreme Court justices said Tuesday the state has broken its funding promises to public schools.<br /><br />But they acknowledged that the current funding guidelines might not be feasible for the state, long-term.<br /><br />The court will decide whether to uphold a lower-court&#39;s ruling from January. It ordered the state to increase school funding by at least $440 million a year.<br /> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:16:53 +0000 Associated Press 24602 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Supreme Court Justice Worries About 'Constant Litigation' From School Districts http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-supreme-court-justice-worries-about-constant-litigation-school-districts <p>A Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen said during a hearing Tuesday he worries about &quot;constant litigation&quot; if the court sides with school districts that have sued the state to increase public education funding.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:14:17 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 24566 at http://kmuw.org Court Reverses Permit For New Kansas Coal Plant http://kmuw.org/post/court-reverses-permit-new-kansas-coal-plant <p>The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed a state agency&#39;s decision to issue a permit to construct a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.<br /><br />Friday&#39;s unanimous decision by the justices is a setback for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation in its plans to build a second plant near Holcomb.<br /><br />The justices ruled that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment failed to account for new emission standards from the federal Environmental Protection Agency that were in place at the time the permit was issued.<br /> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:49:59 +0000 Associated Press 24491 at http://kmuw.org Walt Chappell: Kansas Schools Don't Need More Money http://kmuw.org/post/walt-chappell-kansas-schools-dont-need-more-money <p>A former member of the Kansas State Board of Education says schools don't need more money and he opposes a school finance suit.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wichita Republican Walt Chappell submitted an </span>amicus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> brief to the Kansas Supreme Court this month.</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:16:51 +0000 Associated Press 23488 at http://kmuw.org Obama Picks Kansas Justice for Federal Appeals Court http://kmuw.org/post/obama-picks-kansas-justice-federal-appeals-court <p>President Barack Obama has nominated a Kansas Supreme Court justice to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.<br><br>President Obama's selection of Justice Nancy Moritz drew an immediate endorsement from U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, who has often criticized the president's policies.<br><br>Moran says Moritz is "highly qualified" and that he intends to vote for her confirmation.<br><br>The Denver-based court reviews cases from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.<br> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:21:05 +0000 Associated Press 21341 at http://kmuw.org