The following statement is attributed to Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley regarding the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling on House Bill No. 2655:
“Republican legislators have once again failed to comply with their constitutional duty to fairly fund our schools. If they truly concerned about keeping schools open in August, they should use the Sine Die session to appropriate $38 million* for school funding equity rather than waste taxpayers’ dollars on an election year charade over which bathroom students can use.”
*Excerpt from the Constitutional Protest, published on page 2199 in the Senate Journal: In addition, if this bill is subsequently found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, the majority party of this Legislature will have brought us dangerously closer to the Court’s June 30 deadline to comply with the Gannondecision. If the majority party is truly concerned about keeping schools open next fall, they should have appropriated $38 million in the fiscal year 2017 budget bill which passed the Legislature over a month ago. Appropriating $38 million would have been and remains a far more certain solution in meeting the equity test in Gannon than the uncertainty resulting from the passage of this bill.
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