Oral arguments were heard Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Kansas Supreme Court on the school finance issue.
During the oral arguments, the Supreme Court justices questioned the state about its positions on constitutional questions.
The state argued the plaintiffs, which include the Kansas City, Kan., school district, did not have standing.
Appearing for the state, Stephen McAllister, state solicitor general, said, “The Legislature has to deal with the real world. The constitution shouldn’t be a suicide pact.”
Justices brought up the question of whether the promises of more funding given by the state at the end of the earlier Montoy school finance case were not kept by the state. "It stands before me, in my eyes, as a broken promise," Justice Eric Rosen said.
An attorney for the school districts said, “There’s a substantial number of kids not getting an adequate education because of the funding cuts.”
After oral arguments, the court will take the matter under consideration and announce its decision later.