School Funding Bill Could Prompt Cuts

Education officials say a school funding bill in the Kansas Legislature would force immediate cuts to programs in some districts.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee discussed a bill on Tuesday that would cut $39 million in supplemental funding for schools in the current fiscal year, which ends July 1. Committee chairman Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, said the funding is currently distributed unfairly and schools should be able to adjust.

But Topeka schools Superintendent Julie Ford told committee the cuts likely would force the district to cancel summer school programs and lay off custodial staff.

Other officials said it could force some schools to close early or cancel free lunches for at-risk students.