WICHITA, Kan. - At Monday night's meeting Wichita School board members had questions for the lead attorney on a lawsuit filed in 2010 to compel the state legislature to adequately fund education in Kansas.John Robb presented an overview of the case pressed by the coalition "Schools for Fair Funding" which resulted in a ruling earlier this month that the school finance plan unconstitutionally underfunds the state's K-12 educational system.
Asked about criticism that the court has acted outside its bounds Robb said it has always been the role of the courts to interpret and define the constitution.
"What we have here is a case where one branch of government has strayed outside the bounds, they've gone outside the rules," said Robb. He adds, "And the referee has called them on it, and said you've got to get back inside the constitution, and the players don't like it."
The state has appealed the case to the Kansas Supreme Court.