Kansas high court to rule in school funding suit

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is expected release a much-anticipated ruling that will determine whether the state's $3 billion annual expenditure for education is enough.

The ruling being released Friday also could determine whether Gov. Sam Brownback's recent tax cuts can be sustained.

Parents and four school districts sued Kansas in 2010, saying lawmakers reneged on promises to provide a certain level for funding for public schools and that the state's education system was being harmed.

A district court ruled last year that Kansas needed to increase school funding by at least $440 million, but the decision was appealed to the Supreme Court.

Like other Republican-led states, Kansas enacted tax cuts to help stimulate economic growth. The cuts have reduced the amount of available funding to comply with a court order.

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