- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An attorney for four Kansas school districts says they and their students won a big victory when a court ruled that key parts of a new state education funding law are unconstitutional.

Lawyer John Robb also said the decision Friday by the three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court appears to require the state to provide an additional $54 million in aid to districts immediately.

Top Republicans in the GOP-dominated Legislature were reviewing the order Friday afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce called the decision “overwhelming” because of its complexity.

The law junked the state’s old per-student formula for distributing aid its 286 districts in favor of predictable annual grants.

Robb represents the Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City, Kansas, districts. They sued the state in 2010.

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