UPDATE: Kansas legislators continue school funding talks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House budget committee is nearing the end of testimony on a proposal to increase school funding to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling on the funding of public schools.

Members of the Appropriations Committee heard Tuesday from supporters of a House GOP leadership plan. The committee is hoping to finish work on the bill later in the day and send it to the full House for debate.

A Senate committee was working on its own proposal Tuesday. Both aim to increase funding by up to $129 million in the next school year to comply with the court's March 7 ruling.

The decision came in a 2010 lawsuit by parents and school districts claiming that the Kansas school funding system was unconstitutional.


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With a Friday deadline looming, Kansas legislators are resuming talks on proposals to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling on the funding of public schools.

House and Senate budget committees are scheduled to meet Tuesday to hear public comment on their proposals. Both aim to increase funding by up to $129 million in the next school year to comply with the court's March 7 ruling.

The decision came in a 2010 lawsuit by parents and school districts claiming that the Kansas school funding system was unconstitutional.

Legislators are working under a tight schedule as they prepare to start a three-week recess on Friday. The session will resume in late April to finish any remaining business.


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