Shawnee Mission ‘does not believe its interests are adequately represented’ by plaintiffs in school finance suit

Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson suggested the motion to intervene in the school finance case to the school board in February.
Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson suggested the motion to intervene in the school finance case to the school board in February.

The Shawnee Mission School District has issued the following statement in reaction to the Shawnee County three-judge panel’s decision to deny its motion to intervene in the Gannon school finance lawsuit:

District officials and attorneys representing the Shawnee Mission School District are reviewing the order and determining the next steps. The order seems premised upon an incorrect assumption that the Shawnee Mission School District supports the status quo and therefore is adequately represented by the state; however, the Shawnee Mission School District does not believe its interests are adequately represented by either the state or the plaintiff school districts. The Court invites the Shawnee Mission School District to participate as a ‘Friend of the Court’ and file an amicus brief. The district is also invited to participate in the discovery that the Court has permitted leading up to the May hearing.

The Shawnee Mission School District will continue to advocate in the best interest of its students and community to ensure the district has an opportunity to participate in shaping the future of school funding in the state.