Kansas Senate Leader Working on Plan to Shift Schools’ Aid

The chairman of the Kansas Senate’s budget committee says he’s working on an education funding plan that will shift existing dollars among school districts to help the poorer ones.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson said Wednesday that he hopes to have plan drafted yet this week.

The Andover Republican says it will be an attempt to meet a Kansas Supreme Court order within the state’s existing resources.

The high court ruled last month that a 2015 school funding law violated the state constitution because it shorted poor districts on aid. The court threatened to close all public schools unless lawmakers fixed the problems before July 1.

Masterson said he believes about 100 districts would gain funding and 186 would lose state aid under his proposal.