Historic battle in Kansas between state Legislators and Courts Over Cost of Educating Children

Kansas state legislators are locked in a balance-of-power fight with state judges over how much of the state's diminishing tax revenue to spend on educating children

Mar 08, 2016, 12:15 ET from Life of The Law

TOPEKA, Kan., March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kansas' Supreme Court has ruled the state is not funding public schools equitably. State Legislators are trying to sort how to fix the education budget with little to no new tax revenue coming in after Governor Sam Brownback cut the state's income tax in an executive effort to achieve a zero income tax rate in the state.

Life of the Law's award-winning reporter Ashley Cleek reports on the fight from the classroom to courthouse. Throughout the state, teachers and school administrators are struggling with deep budget cuts, while in Topeka the funding fight has turned into a heated debate over the balance of power between the three branches of government.

Listen to Life of the Law's new episode "REVOLUTION IN A CORNFIELD" an investigative report by ASHLEY CLEEK published on The Panoply Network of Podcasts.

"They'll do anything they can, other than pay the actual costs of educating kids to an adequate level."

-- Alan Rupe, attorney representing the school districts in Gannon v. Kansas

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