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$92M or $363M? Schools Group Says Kansas Gov.'s Funding Plan Isn’t Enough

By Tribune News Service — March 11, 2019 1 min read
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A plan to end a years-long court battle over school funding in Kansas is under threat after an influential group of school districts withdrew its support.

Gov. Laura Kelly’s $92 million plan isn’t enough, Schools for Fair Funding says.

The group represents several Kansas school districts, including Wichita and Kansas City, that are suing the state over funding. Its opposition to Kelly’s plan comes as a key Senate committee prepares to hold a hearing this week.

At stake is how much more money schools across the state will receive over the next few years.

Less than a month ago, the group spoke in favor of Kelly’s proposal. It now says the plan contains a drafting error that will eventually shortchange funding by $270 million a year. State education officials say there was no error.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt has a mid-April deadline to brief the Kansas Supreme Court on any changes and Republican leaders have promised action in the coming weeks.

A version of this article appeared in the March 13, 2019 edition of Education Week as $92M or $363M? Schools Group Says Kansas Gov.'s Funding Plan Isn’t Enough


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