Turner School District’s Board of Education will meet Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to routine agenda items – such as approving out-of-state travel for school administrators and soliciting bids for supplying dairy and bread products — board members will consider renewing membership in Schools for Fair Funding, Inc. Turner’s financial support of the organization for the coming school year will be just over $24,000.
Schools for Fair Funding is a not-for-profit corporation suing the state of Kansas in one lawsuit and defending against the state in another. Turner is one of 54 districts belonging to this corporation. Other Kansas City-metropolitan area members include the Basehor-Linwood, Gardner-Edgerton and Kansas City, Kansas school districts.
Plaintiffs in Gannon vs. State of Kansas allege the state has unconstitutionally failed to provide adequate funding to public schools. In the other case, Petrella vs. Brownback, a group of parents from the Shawnee Mission School District allege the state unconstitutionally refuses to allow their district to raise local taxes in support of public schools. Kansas public schools have not been fully funded since shortly after the start of the Great Recession, which led to a decrease in state revenues.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the Board Room of the Administrative Service Center; 800 S. 55th St.; Kansas City, KS 66106. The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 5.
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