Friday, March 16, 2012
The Kansas House has added $25 million to a proposed state budget to help public schools cover unanticipated costs in the current school year.
Friday's 116-1 vote on the additional school funding came as the House debated a proposed $14.1 billion state budget for the fiscal
year beginning July 1.
Republicans who control the House had previously blocked a plan to have the state cover $29 million in costs faced by school districts because of higher-than-expected enrollment and because they have more students than expected need programs to avoid failing.
But they relented when backers proposed diverting $25 million
from highway projects.
Gov. Sam Brownback had included the funding his budget recommendations, but the House Appropriations Committee deleted the money, arguing school districts should tap their cash reserves