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Schools for Fair Funding delays litigation vote

Staff writer

Schools for Fair Funding members delayed a vote whether to sue the state of Kansas for more school funding until a Dec. 18 meeting in Salina, USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble said after a meeting Friday.

Newton attorney John Robb said representatives of 63 school districts attended the meeting in Newton. The organization has 57 member districts, representing 147,358 students, he said.

Robb is part of the Newton law firm Somers, Robb & Robb. He represents Schools for Fair Funding and was part of the successful Montoy, et al v. State of Kansas case.

In that case, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the state wasn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to schools.

Organization members met Friday in executive session to discuss matters protected by attorney-client privilege. Afterward the group decided to delay the vote, to allow districts to study the issue further.

Several districts are still considering joining Schools for Fair Funding, Robb said. The extra time will allow them to make a decision. USD 410 is a member of the organization.

Last modified Nov. 18, 2009

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