Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Kansas & Missouri.
A John E. Shamberg Memorial Webinar
The Current State of School Finance in Kansas
May 31, 2019
12:00 PM -12:50 PM
When the people of Kansas adopted Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution, they adopted unique constitutional language requiring the Kansas Legislature to “make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.” This provision requires governmental action, while most constitutional provisions prohibit certain activity. Over the years, Kansas courts have interpreted what this language means. This presentation will look at the Court’s interpretation of this language over time, and how that interpretation has affected education in Kansas.
Alan L. Rupe, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Wichita
Alan Rupe is the managing partner in the Wichita and Kansas City offices and vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Rupe is a trial lawyer whose demonstration of special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in civil trials has earned him the title of “Board Certified Trial Specialist,” certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He also maintains the Martindale-Hubbell ® AV Preeminent ™ Rating. Mr. Rupe is an experienced trial lawyer, well versed in EEOC and civil rights complaints at a federal level. Recent peer reviews describe him as "brilliant," and note that "he has tried a ton of lawsuits and understands as well as anyone how the courtroom works. He's tough but easy to get along with. One of the best." Mr. Rupe is also an “Advocate” member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”). “Advocate” membership is by invitation only and granted only to those trial attorneys who are of “high personal character and honorable reputation” with considerable jury trial experience. Mr. Rupe shares his legal knowledge and know-how through public speaking and writing. He speaks frequently to executives, lawyers and human resource professionals on a variety of workplace and legal issues. He is a contributing author to Defense Research Institute publications, the Kansas Bar Association’s Employment Law Handbook and Annual Survey of Law and contributes regularly to other legal and human resources publications.
Jessica Skladzien, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Wichita
Jessica Skladzien is a partner in the Wichita and Kansas City offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She has considerable experience defending employment claims in state and federal courts, for both private and governmental employers. Her practice involves nearly every aspect of employment law: interacting with government administrative agencies on behalf of employers, counseling employers regarding employment policies and practices, advising federal contractors regarding their affirmative action obligations, and representing employers in civil litigation. In addition to employment litigation, Ms. Skladzien has considerable educational law experience, especially as related to the constitutionality of the funding of K-12 public education in Kansas. Ms. Skladzien currently represents a group of Plaintiffs who have successfully sued the State of Kansas alleging that the level of school funding in Kansas is unconstitutional. That litigation is ongoing. She is also involved in a counterpart to that lawsuit, which is currently pending in federal court. Aside from issues related to funding, Ms. Skladzien also has experience helping school districts and their employees navigate various state and federal laws. Most recently, Ms. Skladzien helped secure summary judgment in favor of a school teacher, after a student who allegedly experienced bullying at school attempted to hold the teacher responsible for that bullying.
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