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Kansas Lawmakers Work on School Funding Plans

Associated Press - April 1, 2014 7:07 pm

The last of five defendants in the death of a Pittsburg State University student has been sentenced.

Budget committees in the Kansas House and Senate are working on competing proposals to increase aid to poor school districts to satisfy a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

The House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees met into Tuesday evening. Both were considering proposals to boost aid to poor districts by $129 million during the next school year.

The panels were weighing various proposals to offset the cost by trimming other types of aid to all districts, including transportation funds.

The House committee also was considering proposals aimed at increasing the number of independently run charter schools in Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback said he remains confident that lawmakers can pass a single plan this week.

The Supreme Court ruled March 7 in an education funding lawsuit.