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Republican Lawmakers in Kansas Struggle with School Funding

Associated Press - March 17, 2016 9:10 am

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Republican legislators in Kansas are divided over redistributing education funds.

The GOP-dominated Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a bill Thursday that would reallocate $38 million of the state’s more than $4 billion in aid for its 286 school districts in 2016-17.

The plan from committee Chairman Ty Masterson would boost state aid for 100 districts but reduce it for 186. The measure goes next to the full Senate for debate.

But in the House, strong criticism from Republicans on the Appropriations Committee forced Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr. to drop his own, milder plan, which reduced aid for 79 districts.

Several GOP members said they want lawmakers to take a different approach.

Their comments suggested that Masterson’s plan would have trouble in the House if it passes the Senate.

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