TOPEKA - Kansas legislators have agreed on a state budget that reduces funding for public school districts but generally leaves higher education alone.
The deal between House and Senate negotiators Thursday night was
designed to ensure that Kansas can claim federal stimulus funds for
The stimulus money would help balance the $13 billion budget for
fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1.
Some key details weren't clear immediately. Negotiators told
their staff to include the exact amount of state dollars in public
school aid and higher education to pull down stimulus funds.
Legislative staff said the result is a cut of about $25 million,
or 0.7 percent, in state aid to school districts. Public
universities, community colleges and technical colleges don't
appear to lose much if anything in operating funds.