Kan. Debate Over School Funding Progresses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius likes what she's seeing so far from legislative committees when it comes to education funding.

Spokeswoman Beth Martino says Sebelius is pleased both the House and Senate budget committees have endorsed her plan to use federal stimulus dollars to avoid deep cuts in aid to public schools.

But House committee Chairman Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican, said all decisions will be reviewed again next week. That's when his panel will finish its work on a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Sebelius has proposed using $192 million in education dollars from the federal stimulus package in the next budget.

That will keep aid to public schools at the level in the current budget, as revised by Sebelius and legislators this year.

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