TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General
Derek Schmidt has announced a 6-year-old federal lawsuit that challenged
the constitutionality of the Kansas school funding system has been dismissed by its
In 2010 a group of parents and students in the Shawnee
Mission school district filed a lawsuit arguing that state-imposed limits on
how to raise and spend money on local schools violates the U.S. Constitution. After two appeals to the 10th Circuit Court of
Appeals in Denver, as well an unsuccessful attempt to convince the U.S. Supreme
Court to try the case, the plaintiffs dismissed their lawsuit.
"We have successfully defended Kansas law against this
challenge in federal court," Schmidt said.
Petrella v. Brownback was dismissed in July. A separate
state law challenge to Kansas' school finance law, Gannon v Kansas, is still
ongoing – pending Kansas Supreme Court oral arguments in September.