KS House committee advances school funding constitutional amendment

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — A Kansas House committee has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment to limit the courts' power to decide education funding questions.

But the Judiciary Committee's 12-10 vote Wednesday showed supporters will struggle to get the two-thirds majority necessary to pass the proposal in the full House.

The measure would strip the courts of their power to determine whether the state's spending on education is adequate and leave the decision to legislators.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current education funding of more than $4 billion a year is not sufficient under the state constitution.

The House has passed a plan to boost education funding. But top GOP leaders in the Senate have said they won't consider any increase until a constitutional amendment goes on the ballot.