Kansas Schools say They Still Face Budget Woes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Public school officials are fighting a perception that they fared well in Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' budget.

Many Republicans portray the Democratic governor's proposals as a freeze in overall aid to public schools.

That's not quite the case, because their overall aid would drop slightly in fiscal 2010, which begins July 1.

Educators say Sebelius' proposal will force a reallocation of dollars among districts even before the current fiscal year ends. And, they say, rising costs make it likely that there will be some effects in the state's classrooms.

Key Republicans believe schools should take more of a hit as the state attempts to close a $186 million deficit in its current budget and eliminate a $1 billion gap for fiscal 2010.

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