Kansas Schools might shut down

Gabby Katz

In February of 2016 it was announced that Kansas schools have a chance of not opening for the 2016-17 school year. The threat is brought on by Legislature failing to cure unfairness between rich and poor school districts.

The Kansas Supreme Court gave the state until June 30 to fix its system of financing public schools, or they face being shut down before the next school year.

The state has to come up with 75 million dollars to completely satisfy the court. The Kansas Supreme Court will meeting this month to figure out if the current funding is constitutional.

If the Supreme Court finds the new funding unconstitutional, school might be shutting down for the 2016-17 school year, putting many students behind.

“I don’t think it’s likely that the legislature will not comply with the Supreme Court order, assuming that the court determines the current funding formula to inequitable, but if schools are closed, I don’t think it would be for long,” Dr. Joe Kelly, assistant superintendent, stated.

If, in fact, schools are shut down Dr. Kelly thinks that there will be a “skeleton crew” who would be able to work for a short time.

Dr. Kelly stated, “This is so interesting because it’s a showdown between the different branches of government. No one really knows exactly what will happen next.”G