KS House Adds $37 Million to School Budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A bill giving Kansas school districts a 37 million-dollar funding increase in 2009 wins tentative approval in the House.

But before the vote, there was a lengthy debate that divided members over the interests of rural and urban districts.

School districts would receive an extra 59 dollars per student for the 2009-2010 school year. The bill also includes other changes in the finance law to encourage smaller districts to consolidate.

Final action is scheduled for today, with the differences to be settled by House and Senate negotiators.

Some House members wanted to hold off on specifying how the additional money is spent, saying it was too early to know what schools need.

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