Lawmakers Pass School Finance Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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May 10-- Governor Sebelius says she'll sign the 541 million dollar school finance measure that cleared the Kansas
Legislature late last night. The governor said today that it meets
her goal because it covers three years and addresses concerns that
were identified in a legislative study. She said it took some late
nights, frank conversations and "a little bit of prodding from
back home" to get the package through the two houses. She said the
lawmakers made a real commitment to Kansas schools and the state's
long-term prosperity.

The measure was sent to the governor on a 21-to-18 vote in the
Senate, after the House approved it 66-to-54. Once the governor
signs it the plan would be ready for review by the Kansas Supreme
Court -- which had ordered lawmakers to spend more money on the
state's public schools. Court spokesman Ron Keefover says the
court's review would likely be triggered by a motion from attorneys
expressing favor or disfavor with the package.

Republican Senator John Vratil of Leawood says the Supreme Court
will have to back away from its earlier rulings if it's going to
accept the plan. Otherwise, he says there's no way in the world for
the court to find that the Legislature has provided adequate
funding for Kansas schools.

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