U.S. Supreme Court denies Shawnee Mission parents’ request to hear school funding case

The federal lawsuit emerged from the group that organized to "Save Mission Valley" in 2010.
The federal lawsuit emerged from the group that organized to “Save Mission Valley” in 2010.

The United States Supreme Court today rejected the petition of a group of Shawnee Mission School District parents to reconsider a school funding case against the state of Kansas that came out of the closing of Mission Valley Middle School.

The case, known as Petrella vs. Brownback, argued that the state’s now-replaced school finance formula punished wealthier districts like Shawnee Mission because it capped the amount local taxpayers could raise for district schools. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver ruled in June that the federal government could not dictate how the state’s school funding formula was implemented.

The Supreme Court on Monday included Petrella among a list of more than 100 cases it declined to take up.

The parents who pursued the legal strategy against the local option budget cap initially organized together to keep Mission Valley Middle School open in 2010. The school building is currently being demolished.