State BOE proposes big boost in education aid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Topeka, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas State Board of Education is proposing a $459 million increase in state spending on public schools, phased in over two years.

But the board's approval Tuesday of budget recommendations was mostly a symbolic statement of support for education. The proposals go to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who will make his own recommendations to the GOP-dominated Legislature.

The board's proposals would phase an increase of about 13 percent in aid to public schools beginning in July 2015. Funding the full amount would require the state to reconsider personal income tax cuts enacted by Brownback and Republican lawmakers.

Several board members said they see advocating for schools as their duty.

The board's recommendations come as a judicial panel considers parts of an education funding lawsuit filed in 2010.

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