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School districts across Kansas are breathing a bit easier after the Legislature passed a school funding plan and a tax law that provides the money for it.

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A school finance plan that will add nearly $300 million over two years gained approval Monday night in the Kansas Legislature and now moves to Gov. Sam Brownback for consideration.

Lawmakers faced a June 30 deadline to increase school funding after a March ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court that said current funding is inadequate. During debate, some lawmakers raised concerns that the $300 million plan will not satisfy the court and could make a special session likely.

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On Day 108 of the Kansas Legislature’s session, lawmakers got down to business. They passed a school funding bill that adds nearly $300 million over two years for public education, then they approved a $1.2 billion tax plan.

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Members of the Kansas House have rejected a bill that combined a new school funding system and a tax increase.

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Updated 4:45 p.m. Monday: House lawmakers rejected the bill in a 91-32 vote

Kansas lawmakers are set to debate a new tax proposal that combines school funding and revenue increases into a single massive bill. They developed the plan while working this weekend, but delayed debate on the legislation until Monday.

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The Senate’s potential new formula for funding Kansas schools is based on spending at 41 districts where — according to a recent statistical analysis — students are doing well academically relative to local poverty rates.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has condemned a school district's new guidelines that prevent those making public comments at board meetings from speaking about specific district employees or students, calling it "unconstitutional."

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Kansas Senators have approved a plan for funding K-12 schools. The 23-14 vote sends the bill to the House for consideration.

The proposal would increase spending by around $230 million over two years, after the state Supreme Court ruled in March that Kansas schools are inadequately funded.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning helped draft the plan and believes it will satisfy the justices.

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Updated Wednesday at 11:54 a.m. 

After 10 hours of debate, a dozen amendments and a timeout to talk taxes, the Kansas Senate early Wednesday advanced a school finance plan, which they approved in a final vote of 23-16 later the same morning.

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Following a four-day Memorial Day holiday, Kansas lawmakers get back to work on Tuesday.

Senators will take up a school finance bill with a funding formula that looks a lot like what the House passed – with weightings for things like at-risk kids and English language learners.

The big difference is the dollar figure: The House bill would add $279 million in new money for schools over two years.

The Senate version passed out of committee last week calls for less: $240 million.

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