- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback announced a special session Wednesday for legislators to discuss school funding beginning on June 23, but some GOP legislators say they’re unsure what the courts will accept.

The state Supreme Court ruled last month that the Legislature failed to adequately fund the state’s poor public schools and gave the lawmakers until June 30 to find a solution, otherwise schools could close. Among the concerns about school closures, some educators worry that special education students will not receive summer services.

Public schools are federally mandated to provide free and appropriate special education to children with disabilities. The state could risk losing about $105 million in federal funding if schools close on July 1 and special education students lose summer programs.

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