House Approves More Money for Schools

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ House members have approved a fourth year of the current school finance package, sending the bill back to the
Senate for review.

The bill would give public school districts a $37 million funding increase in 2009. It passed Tuesday by a 96-to-29 margin, but without support from most Johnson County legislators.

The Senate already had approved the funding increase as an attempt to secure money for a fourth year of the school funding plan passed in 2006.

Legislators approved that plan to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said the state wasn't meeting its constitutional mandate to properly fund public schools.

School districts would receive an extra $59 per student for the 2009-2010 school year.

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