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Mon September 16, 2013
Walt Chappell: Kansas Schools Don't Need More Money
A former member of the Kansas State Board of Education says schools don't need more money and he opposes a school finance suit.
Wichita Republican Walt Chappell submitted an amicus brief to the Kansas Supreme Court this month.
He says school districts could save nearly a billion dollars by consolidating, making teachers work longer hours, and cutting funding for low-income students.
The school finance lawsuit--filed by an alliance of about 50 school districts-- accuses the state and Legislature of underfunding schools by hundreds of millions of dollars.
In January, a Shawnee County District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.
The case since has proceeded to the Kansas Supreme Court.