Governor Urges Forward-Thinking in School Funding

By: AP
By: AP

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Governor Sebelius and some educators want
lawmakers to think ahead when it comes to funding public schools.

A plan passed in 2006 will phase in a $541 million increase in aid to schools over three years, promising more money into the 2008-09 school year. Educators would like lawmakers to talk about new funding for the 2009-10 school year in 2008, rather than waiting until 2009.

And Sebelius told the Lawrence Journal-World anything that will allow schools to plan would be welcome.

Before 2006, legislators approved one-year school finance plans, usually at the end of the legislative session in late April or early May. That typically was just months before schools set their budget and reopened after summer vacation.

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