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UPDATE 6/5/12 Cynthia Lane — superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas School District — is testifying for the second day in a row. According to Lane, “We do not have the resources to provide a suitable education for almost 40 percent of our students.” Here is a link to the blog she wrote prior to traveling to Topeka to testify: http://blog.kckps.org/

Kansas City, Kansas School District Superintendent Cynthia Lane points to a chart which depicts the rising standards which No Child Left Behind requires school districts to meet. Photo Credit: Kansas City, Kansas Public School District

20 Pounds Of Headlines

(AP) – An attorney representing the state of Kansas says legislators did the best they could to maintain education funding while faced with a struggling state economy in recent years.

Arthur Chalmers is a Wichita attorney hired by the state in the latest school finance litigation. During opening statements Monday, he told a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court that school funding wasn’t arbitrarily targeted from 2009 through 2011.

Instead, Chalmers said legislators took steps to maintain education funding. And he noted districts also had local and federal funding sources available.

Alan Rupe, an attorney for students and school districts, argued Monday that the spending cuts contribute to lingering achievement gaps.

The trial is scheduled to last three weeks. Any decision is expected to be appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court.

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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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