Criticism Over School Funding Plan
Associated Press - March 9, 2015 5:59 am
Top Republican legislators in Kansas are hearing plenty of criticism of their proposal to overhaul how the state distributes aid to public schools, and they’re likely to keep hearing it this week.
But committee hearings also will give lawmakers a chance to take testimony from supporters of the GOP plan.
The House Appropriations Committee was beginning its review of the measure Monday, and the Senate Ways and Means Committee starts Tuesday.
Each committee has an identical bill containing the GOP plan, which scraps the formula and gives school districts “block grants” based on their current aid instead. The new system would remain in place only while lawmakers develop a new formula.
School districts would lose $51 million of the aid they had expected to receive before the end of June.