March 2-- An education funding plan shrank today
during senate debate.
Senators are still discussing the revised proposal, now a plan
to increase spending on schools by 165 million dollars during
the fiscal year beginning July first.
The state would tap existing revenues and cash reserves to raise
As endorsed earlier by the Senate Education Committee, the plan
would have covered three years and phased in a 455
million-dollar increase in annual spending.
But the second and third years weren't funded. The Senate voted
27-to-eleven to eliminate those two years, with all the "yes"
votes coming from Republicans.
The Kansas Supreme Court has given legislators until April 12th
to improve education funding.