Brownback Pleased With Kansas School Bill Progress

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is optimistic legislators are getting closer to a school funding solution to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling, though he would like to see more of the new spending directed toward classrooms.

A plan emerged Monday night that would increase spending by $129 million in two areas identified as unconstitutional by the court.

Brownback says Tuesday that legislators were searching for the money to pay for the increases, and his earlier proposal to spend $16 million to boost the state's share of all-day kindergarten costs is likely to be dropped.

A Kansas House committee is expected ti begin briefings on the new plan later Tuesday.

The plan started to emerge late Monday after meetings among key House leaders, including Speaker Ray Merrick. The plan would increase spending by $129 million to correct deficiencies flagged by the March 7 court ruling.

It is not clear how long it will take before the bill can be sent to the full House for debate.

One key difference between the GOP plan and one offered Thursday is the removal of language that would have expanded the state's charter schools law, something top GOP leaders had not included as part of their negotiations.

Posted by Greg Palmer


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