For Wichita Schools, It'll Be 'Business As Usual' As Court Considers Funding Law

Jun 27, 2017

Wichita Public Schools plans to keep its doors open this summer while it awaits the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on a new school funding plan.

The court is set to hear oral hear arguments July 18 on whether the new school finance law is adequate under the state constitution. A nearly $300 million increase in education funding is expected to be phased in over two years.

A Kansas Supreme Court scheduling order set forth a timeline to hear the school finance case. Wichita Public Schools spokeswoman Wendy Johnson says the district will "continue with business as usual" as the case is heard.

"For us that means we can continue on with a very busy summer," she says. "Schools across Kansas can be prepared and work towards being prepared for school."

The district’s latchkey program, instrument repair, building reconditioning and summer nutrition program will continue throughout the summer. School begins August 23.

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