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Schools for Fair Funding on Agenda for Turner School Board

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Photo Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Turner School District

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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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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