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Charity Created For Kansas Schools

Associated Press - January 8, 2016 8:47 am

Visitors will someday be able to walk through a natural wonder in western Kansas that has been privately owned for decades.

Visitors will someday be able to walk through a natural wonder in western Kansas that has been privately owned for decades.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A Lawrence High School graduate has created a nonprofit to funnel donations to Kansas schools while the state Legislature overhauls the school funding system.

2010 graduate Thomas Wheatley has named the charity OurKansas.

Donors can pick from four plans, ranging from $4.49 to $12.69 per month. Fifty percent of donations go toward a local school program or activity of the donor’s choice, 30 percent go toward low-income districts and 20 percent go toward community outreach.

In March, the Kansas Legislature repealed the school funding formula that had been in place since 1992. The Legislature replaced the old funding system with block grants while lawmakers work on a new formula. A special legislative committee tabled a draft report with school funding recommendations Tuesday.

Online: OurKansas

Associated Press information from: the Lawrence Journal-World

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