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Education
10:24 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Delay Work on Education Funding

Kansas lawmakers have delayed committee work on education funding bills.

The legislation is being taken up in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that determined there are unconstitutional funding disparities between school districts.

House and Senate committees had been expected to work on the bills on Monday.

Republican Senator Ty Masterson, from Andover, says his committee is not yet in a position to begin work.

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Education
9:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

House Republicans Outlines Agree To Fund Poor Schools, But With A Catch

Kansas House Republicans have outlined a plan that fully funds aid to poor school districts... but ties the money to policy changes that expand parents' choices on where to send their children to school.

The bill provides an additional $129 million dollars to poor school districts, in compliance with a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling in an education funding lawsuit.

The bill also includes measures like:

Education
10:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Brownback Calls On Lawmakers To Provide Full Aid To School Districts In Need

Governor Sam Brownback says legislators should fully fund aid to poor school districts and significantly increase state spending on public education.

Governor Brownback issued a statement yesterday outlining his principles in response to a recent Kansas Supreme Court decision in an education funding lawsuit.

The high court ruled earlier this month that past cuts in aid to poor districts left unconstitutional gaps between them and wealthier districts.

The Department of Education has estimated that fully reversing those cuts would cost $129 million dollars a year.

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Education
10:34 am
Mon March 10, 2014

State Lawmakers Resume Talks Over Education Funding

State lawmakers are resuming their talks about education funding.

A Kansas Supreme Court ruling last week said the state has created inequalities between schools districts and that lawmakers violated the Kansas Constitution by cutting funds that help equalize school district budgets.

The group that filed that lawsuit, and some lawmakers, say the solution is to restore more than $100 million dollars in education funds.

Democratic House Representative and governor candidate Paul Davis says Kansas has fallen short.

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Education
8:36 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Legislative Committee To Review School Finance System

A special legislative committee is opening two days of hearings to review the Kansas school finance system and study the practices of neighboring states.

The meetings Wednesday and Thursday also include a discussion of staffing changes by school districts and how they compare to neighboring states. Policy analysts are expected to also discuss trends in school choice programs nationwide.

The committee is led by Republican Kasha Kelley, chair of the House Education Committee, and Republican Senator Steve Abrams, a former State Board of Education member.

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Education
10:18 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In School Lawsuit

Attorney Arthur Chalmers speaks before a panel of judges in Topeka.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A panel of district court judges in Topeka heard closing arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit over state education funding.

Attorney Alan Rupe represents a group of school districts, students and parents suing the state.

He says lawmakers aren’t living up to promises to increase school spending and some students aren’t receiving an adequate education.

“We might be doing OK for some of our kids, but when it comes to our constitution - and that’s an adequate education for all kids - we are falling behind,” says Rupe.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Richard Crowson: Signs Of Spring At The Statehouse

I don’t know about you but I’m seeing signs of spring everywhere these days! The tiniest hint of green on my lawn; birdsong in the mornings; two whole weeks without snow and that surest indicator of Spring in Kansas – state legislators giving more tax breaks to businesses while our schools agonize over deep budget cuts.

You see, our legislators argue that they may be creating new jobs for our state by giving businesses these tax breaks. You know, to sort of offset the jobs lost due to school budget cuts.

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