The Kansas House Appropriations Committee will start hearings Monday on a budget bill to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling over education funding.
However, the bill will cover more than just school spending.
The budget bill before the committee includes other policy items like rewriting teacher licensure rules. Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, told committee members last week about the broad scope of the discussion.
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.
Members of the House and Senate budget committees say it's unlikely that lawmakers will increase the overall budget by the full $129 million dollars needed to cover deficiencies in aid to poor school districts.
Last week, The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that past reductions in such aid created unconstitutional gaps in funding between poor districts and wealthier ones.
The court ordered lawmakers to fix the problems by July 1st.
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.