Education ruling has Kansas lawmaker pondering courts’ power

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are considering proposals to curb the power of the courts as they grapple with a recent state Supreme Court ruling on education funding.

The state House and Senate judiciary committees were convening a joint meeting Friday to discuss proposed amendments to the state constitution to block the courts from threatening to close schools in education funding lawsuits. Lawmakers have two versions.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has called a special legislative session for next week to address the recent ruling that the state’s education funding system remains unfair to poor school districts.

The justices warned that schools might not reopen after June 30 unless lawmakers make additional changes.

If lawmakers approve an amendment by two-thirds majorities in both chambers, it would go to voters in the November election.