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Kansas Supreme Court Sets Hearing Date For School Finance Law

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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments from attorneys on July 18 to determine whether a new school funding law complies with the state constitution.

The court set an expedited schedule on Monday for the law’s review. A four-page order from Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said the new law will take effect July 1 as planned, and it remain in force during the court’s review.

The law phases in a $293 million increase in spending on public schools over two years. It also creates a new per-pupil funding formula for the state’s 286 school districts and provides more funding to programs for low-performing students.

The court ruled in March that the state’s $4 billion a year in education funding is inadequate under the state constitution.

 

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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