Wichita attorney Alan Rupe (in photo) billed his clients — the school districts that sued the state over school funding — for at least four private conversations he had with members of the Kansas State Board of Education, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. That raised objections from Dan Biles, the state board’s attorney, because conversations with opponents in a lawsuit are ordinarily handled through their attorney.
What made the conversations even more unusual is that one of the board members apparently was Carol Rupe of Wichita, Alan Rupe’s ex-wife. She acknowledged passing along information — though she said it was never from the board’s executive sessions, and she said she told Biles that she talked to her ex-husband about school finance. “It’s no secret I thought the state board was on the wrong side of this lawsuit,” she said.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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