Governor Sam Brownback Signs Bill to Keep Kansas Schools Open

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
April 07, 2016

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today signed Senate Substitute for House Bill 2655, commonly referred to as the education equity funding bill.

The Governor issued the following statement:

 “The legislature has acted to keep Kansas schools open and I agree with its choice. I have signed Senate Substitute for House Bill 2655 because I want to keep our schools open and ensure our students continue to have access to a quality education. I would remind those who criticized this bill as a ‘product of politics,’ that it is indeed the job of the legislature to address these issues.  The legislature consists of 165 elected representatives of the people. I do not take their judgment lightly. This bill is the result of a delicate legislative compromise – one that I respectfully endorse and that the Court should review with appropriate deference.”

This bill adopts the capital outlay equalization formula previously approved by the Court itself. It includes a “hold harmless” provision so that no school district will see a reduction from its current funding level.

A copy of the Governor’s signing statement for Senate Substitute for House Bill 2655 may be found by searching the governor's website.

The Governor has now signed 38 bills into law this session and vetoed one. By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow the bill to become law without his or her signature.