Kansas Senate Approves School Funding Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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June 23-- The Senate approves a $161 million education funding plan.

It's a big step toward meeting a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to provide additional money for public schools by July 1.

The 25-14 vote this morning sent the measure to the House, where Republicans have said they want a smaller package. The G-O-P has majorities in both chambers.

Legislators are in the second day of a special session called by Governor Sebelius to deal with the court's June third order, which ordered an additional $143 million .

Attorney General Phill Kline told GOP senators that their chamber's bill probably would satisfy the court in the short term.

But he said they face larger issues and urged them to amend the state constitution to preserve their power to set educational policy.

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