KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorneys are seeking $174,000 in legal fees from the state for representing Kansas City-area taxpayers in a legal challenge of a state law that allows students to transfer from unaccredited to accredited districts.
A judge still must approve the amount requested this week from attorneys for taxpayers in the accredited Independence, North Kansas City and Lee's Summit, Missouri districts.
Legal fees are allowable because a Jackson County judge found the three districts would spend more than they would collect educating students from the unaccredited Kansas City district. The judge says that because the three districts are financially harmed, the law violates a state constitutional ban on unfunded mandates.
Two other districts, Blue Springs and Raytown, claimed they also would be financially harmed. But the judge disagreed.
The case has been appealed.