School Consolidation On House Agenda

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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March 9, 2010

Kansas House members are scheduled to debate a bill that would reduce the state aid for some small school districts.

The bill on Tuesday's calendar is viewed as a means to force districts with enrollments of fewer than 200 students and fewer than 200 square miles to consolidate. They are the same provisions that were used in the 1960s when Kansas last forced school districts to consolidate.

Those smaller districts would see the state aid given to low-enrollment districts reduced to the same level as those with 200 students. The change would take effect on July 1, 2012.

As originally proposed, the bill would have included districts with fewer than 400 students, but was amended by the House Education Committee to the lower limit.

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