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Appeals court upholds Kansas cap on local school taxes

June 2, 2015

— A federal appeals court has sided against parents in a northeast Kansas lawsuit who are challenging the state's cap on how much money residents in a school district can raise through taxes.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision Monday comes in the lawsuit filed by parents in the relatively wealthy Shawnee Mission School District. The parents argued the limit on education spending impairs their rights to fully fund and support education.

The appeals court upheld the denial of a preliminary injunction and affirmed the lower court's decision that partially granted the state's motion to dismiss. It sent the case back for further proceedings.

It noted Kansas amended its Constitution to create a system that does not make the quality of a child's education a function of his parent's wealth.

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