Kan. School Merger Plan Met With Opposition

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Officials from some of the smallest school districts in Kansas oppose a plan that would reduce their funding to encourage consolidation.

The plan was heard Thursday in the House Education Committee. It is the first bill that incorporates some of the findings of a new legislative staff audit that reviewed the state's efforts to reorganize school districts.

Rep. Clay Aurand, a Courtland Republican and the committee's chairman, had the proposal drafted. It would set a threshold that would reduce the amount of extra state aid school receive based solely on their size. The plan would affect 25 of the state's 293 school districts.

School officials say the reductions would hurt the quality of rural education.

The committee heard testimony and took no action on the proposal.

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