A Wichita law firm has been hired by the attorney general's office to represent the state in the next round of Kansas school finance litigation


A Wichita law firm has been hired by the attorney general's office to represent the state in the next round of Kansas school finance litigation.

Patrick Hurley, chief counsel for the state and deputy attorney general for civil litigation, told a legislative committee on Tuesday that the firm of Hite, Fanning and Honeyman had been hired.

The state has been put on notice by a coalition of school districts that they intend to file a legal challenge to the way Kansas finances its 293 school districts. Hurley said the lawsuit is expected to be filed on or after Oct. 15.

It would be the second time since 1999 that school districts have sued the state over school funding. A Kansas Supreme Court ruling in 2005 resulted in a nearly $1 billion increase in public school funding.