Kansas legislators reach deal on school funding

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Topeka, Kan. (AP) -- House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a Kansas school funding measure, setting the stage for an evening vote to satisfy a court order.

The deal reached Saturday would increase state spending in an effort to address unconstitutional funding levels flagged by the Kansas Supreme Court in its March 7 ruling.

Negotiators agreed to include several policy provisions sought by the Senate, including eliminating teacher tenure, a tax credit scholarship program and property tax reduction for private school parents. In exchange, the House accepted changes in the math used for allowing districts to raise additional local property taxes.

Negotiators say both sides gave in, but whether the package could pass both chambers was unclear.

More than 100 teachers converged on the Statehouse to lobby legislators on the tenure issue.

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