KS Legislation Passes School Finance Bill, Adds $73M In Ed. Funding

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) After another long night at the State House, Kansas Legislation has passed a school finance bill.

Shortly before 9:45 p.m. Sunday evening, the house voted 63-57 to increase aid to poor school districts as well as eliminate tenure for public school teachers.

The senate passed the bill 22-16 earlier in the evening. It now goes to Republican Governor Sam Brownback for consideration.

Democratic House Representative Barbara Ballard had mixed emotions about the bill, saying, "If we talk about granting more money to schools, yes the bill does that. But it does so at the expense of the fairness and the justice of teachers."

While many Democrats and teachers in attendance were disappointed in the ruling. Governor Sam Brownback sees it as more than efficient, saying, "The school finance bill passed by the Kansas legislature today fully complies with, and indeed exceeds, the requirements of the recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling for funding schools and providing equity."

The Governor then went on to say, "House Bill 2506 increases funding to Kansas schools by $73 million and includes $78 million of property tax relief. The bill ensures that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently, putting money in the classrooms to help teachers teach and students learn."

Posted by Justin Surrency