Governor Urges Support Of New Education Plan

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is urging Kansas House members to support a plan from top GOP lawmakers ahead of the chamber’s debate on overhauling school funding.

Legislators who drafted the plan up for debate Thursday argue it gives schools predictable funding through the 2016-17 school year.

The plan also would help the state control its costs by junking a per-student aid formula that has forced unanticipated but automatic increases in aid.

The plan gives districts “block grants” based on their current aid for the next two school years, until lawmakers draft a new formula. Brownback and other Republicans say the current formula is too complex and directs too much money away from classroom learning.

But many educators don’t like the plan and defend the current formula as sound.