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UPDATE: Brownback signs Kansas school funding bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a school funding bill that restores aid for poor districts but also ends the current teacher tenure process.

The measure signed Monday is intended to satisfy a March ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court with a $129 million funding increase for the next school year. Legislators approved the bill on April 6. It now goes back to a three-judge district court panel for review.

The bill restores aid payments that equalize spending for school districts by giving poor districts additional funds for operations and capital improvements. The measure also includes provisions ending existing procedures for teacher tenure process and targeting additional spending for higher education.

Brownback praised the measure for providing more education spending and property tax relief to school districts.


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Gov. Sam Brownback has scheduled an afternoon signing ceremony to approve a $129 million school funding measure aimed at satisfying a March 7 Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

The Republican governor will be joined Monday by legislative leaders in his ceremonial office. The measure was approved by lawmakers on April 6 and will go back to a three-judge district court panel for review.

The bill restores state aid payments that equalize spending for school districts by giving poor districts additional funds for operations and capital improvements. The measure also includes provisions ending the current teacher tenure process, as well as targeting additional spending for higher education.

Brownback's supporters have praised the measure for providing more money for education and property tax relief to school districts.


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