- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - School districts suing Kansas over education funding are telling the state Supreme Court that they want a lower court to still handle their lawsuit.

Four districts on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to reject the state’s request that the high court handle the lawsuit instead of a three-judge Shawnee County District Court panel.

The districts sued the state in 2010. The lower-court panel ruled in December that the state isn’t adequately funding schools.

The state asked the panel in January to reconsider. The districts filed their own request to block legislators from tampering with additional aid to poor districts approved last year.

The panel has a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

But the state also appealed the panel’s ruling to the Supreme Court and now wants it to handle the case.

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