Kansas Lawmakers Skeptical Of School Finance Plans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Some Kansas lawmakers are skeptical of Gov. Sam Brownback's impending plan for overhauling how the state finances its public schools.

Brownback Policy Director Landon Fulmer heard some of that skepticism Wednesday when he spoke to the Legislative Educational
Planning Committee.

The Republican governor is working on a plan for the most significant changes in the state's school finance formula in two decades.

One part of the proposal, already outlined by the administration, would remove limits on the ability of the state's 283 school districts to raise local property taxes.

Committee Chairwoman and Wichita Republican Jean Schodorf said
legislators need more details about the plan and how it would distribute dollars. Fulmer said more details will be made public next week.

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