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UPDATE: Governor pleased with Kansas school bill progress

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is optimistic legislators are getting closer to a school funding solution to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling, though he would like to see more of the new spending directed toward classrooms.

A plan emerged Monday night that would increase spending by $129 million in two areas identified as unconstitutional by the court.

Brownback says Tuesday that legislators were searching for the money to pay for the increases, and his earlier proposal to spend $16 million to boost the state's share of all-day kindergarten costs is likely to be dropped.

The House budget committee is expected to begin briefings on the new GOP plan later Tuesday.


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A Kansas House committee is preparing to take up a proposal from Republican leaders to increase education spending to satisfy a state Supreme Court order.

The plan emerged late Monday after meetings among key House leaders, including Speaker Ray Merrick. The plan would increase spending by $129 million to correct deficiencies flagged by the March 7 court ruling.

The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to begin working on the bill Tuesday morning. It is not clear how long it will take before the bill can be sent to the full House for debate.

One key difference between the GOP plan and one offered Thursday is the removal of language that would have expanded the state's charter schools law, something top GOP leaders had not included as part of their negotiations.


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