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Lawmakers still studying Friday's education funding ruling

State lawmakers are still sorting through Friday's ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court on public education funding.

The Supreme Court ruled lawmakers haven't adequately funded education, but the main focus from lawmakers so far is what the court ruled was a lack of equity in funding.

Emporia Rep. Peggy Mast tells KVOE News she hasn't considered the current funding system as equitable for years.

Mast says the rest of the state may never be able to match Johnson County's success rate, largely because the mil levy rate there raises far more money to go into their local schools than it does virtually everywhere else in Kansas.

The Supreme Court told lawmakers to come up with a new funding plan by July 1 or else it would stop transfers from the state's general fund into the school district capital outlay fund. It also told a Shawnee County District Court three-judge panel to rule on whether the state's laws allow for adequate funding.

The main issue now is not just what to do to fix the problems, which have been under litigation for decades, but also how much money to spend and -- as a result -- from where to pull the money. The Supreme Court didn't give a set amount to spend, but lawmaker estimates have ranged from $125 million to as much as $1 billion.

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