TOPEKA (KSN CAPITOL BUREAU) — Kansas lawmakers are taking a closer look at changing the state’s constitution to address school funding issues.
The Kansas Coalition for Fair Funding introduced the constitutional amendment in the House Tax Committee Thursday afternoon.
The coalition said the amendment would clarify language in the state’s constitution.
Right now, the constitution says Kansas must make “suitable” provision to finance education. The amendment would define what “suitable” means.
Passing a constitutional amendment could make it more difficult for school districts to sue the state for more money in the future.
“K-12 education is over 50 percent of the state general fund budget. In the past two to three decades we are in a continuous cycle of litigation that in the opinion of the coalition members needs to end, and that is our hope with this constitutional amendment” said John Donley with the Kansas Coalition for Fair Funding.
However, some lawmakers are against a constitutional amendment.
“The courts have made it clear it is our responsibility to fund schools adequately just as the constitution says,” said State Rep. Vic Miller, D-Topeka.
Passing a constitutional amendment would require a two-thirds vote from both the House and the Senate. A statewide election would also be required.