Governor Sam Brownback has proposed a new initiative to help school children read.
He wants to use $9 million in each of the next two years from federal assistance funds for low-income families.
Most of the money would come from the Department for Children and Families, which would tap funds from federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
The program typically provides cash assistance to families in poverty.
A number of high-poverty urban and rural school districts would be targeted through after-school reading programs.