Two lawyers who are suing in state court over Kansas' funding of public schools want to intervene in a separate, federal case brought by some Johnson County parents.

Two lawyers who are suing in state court over Kansas' funding of public schools want to intervene in a separate, federal case brought by some Johnson County parents.


Attorneys John Robb and Alan Rupe filed a motion Thursday to intervene in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.


In a lawsuit filed last month in Shawnee County District Court, Robb and Rupe argue the state is failing to fund schools adequately because of budget cuts in recent years. They represent 32 students and 63 school districts.


This month, some parents in Johnson County's Shawnee Mission District filed a federal suit seeking to remove state limits on local taxes for schools. That lawsuit was prompted by planned closings in the district.


Robb and Rupe contend the limits keep education funding from being skewed toward rich districts.