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Top Republican legislators are asking Kansas school districts seeking extra state aid to provide information about how they've become more efficient in recent years.

Four GOP legislative leaders sent a letter Wednesday to the superintendents of 38 school districts that have applied for extra aid under the state's new education funding law. The districts are seeking about $15 million in funds, but only $12.3 million is available under the law.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter after the state Department of Education sent it.

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Dozens of Kansas school districts will be asking lawmakers for extra state funding next week because they have more students or falling property values.

Monday is the deadline to apply, and the total number of schools asking for funding could be around 40.

Kansas moved to a block grant system this school year, and it doesn’t automatically add additional funding when student enrollment grows.

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A program aimed at helping at-risk teenagers complete their high school education is one of the casualties of Sedgwick County’s 2016 budget.

The nonprofit KANSEL runs the program, and now the organization is working on a new funding strategy after the county decided to stop contributing to KANSEL.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback urged school districts on Tuesday to move more money into the classroom and hold down the administrative costs of running their schools.

The Republican governor's comments came after he addressed educators at a training session in Wichita and lauded the Kansas Reading Roadmap initiative, a program that aims to improve reading levels in grades K-3.

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Kansas education officials will soon release scores from a new set of state tests. Those scores could come in lower than some people expect.

Marianne Perie, with the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, which developed the new exams, says students are taking different tests and they need to get used to the process.

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The University of Kansas has announced that it received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help recruit and support migrant students.

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USD 259 Wichita Public Schools began preliminary talks Monday night about the budget for the upcoming school year.

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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in November on whether the school funding law has fixed unconstitutional disparities so that it provides equal educational opportunities for all students.

But it will not be until spring of 2016 when the court will hear the part of the appeal regarding whether Kansas has met its constitutional duty to provide adequate funding for public education.

The court issued a four-page schedule Friday that sets separate timelines for briefings and arguments on the equity and adequacy of school funding in Kansas.

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Fran Jabara, a well known businessman and leader in the world of entrepreneurship, passed away Saturday. Jabara was a former WSU Professor and founded the university's Center for Entrepreneurship.

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In a news conference Friday, Gov. Sam Brownback said he wants to “start getting out the facts" regarding Kansas teachers' salaries and the number of teachers leaving the state. But according to school officials, the numbers he presented don't quite add up.

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