UPDATE: Kansas Senate panel delays education reviews

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee is delaying discussion of education budgets to allow more time to study last week's ruling from the state Supreme Court on public schools.

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson says Wednesday that a scheduled review of budgets for K-12 schools and higher education is on hold as legislators look for ways to comply with the court ruling.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state needed to fix two funds aimed at helping poorer school districts in order to bring the entire school finance system into compliance with the constitution. The education department estimates the solution could cost as much as $129 million for the budget year beginning July 1.

Masterson says legislators are looking at all options before making recommendations.


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A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to review spending recommendations for public schools, state universities and community colleges.

Wednesday's Ways and Means Committee agenda includes discussion of a legislative response to the state Supreme Court's ruling on school finance and Gov. Sam Brownback's request to increase funding for all-day kindergarten.

The panel expects to hear subcommittee reports on K-12 schools and the six Board of Regents universities. Legislators have already approved base budgets for all of education for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The reports will recommend how much, if any, legislators should increase funding for initiatives sought by Brownback and the regents, such as restoring salary cuts made last year.


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