Tax credit clouds Kansas Senate school bill

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 photo kindergarten students run during a physical education class at Frank Rushton Elementary School, which has a high percentage of poor/at-risk kids, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 photo kindergarten students run during a physical education class at Frank Rushton Elementary School, which has a high percentage of poor/at-risk kids, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Critics of an amendment to give a property tax credit to parents of students attending private schools in Kansas are questioning its legality and financial impact. Supporters of the plan say it’s all about fairness.

Sen. Dennis Pyle, a Hiawatha Republican, says Wednesday that the idea is to help defray the costs to parents who choose to send their children to nonpublic schools. Parents would get a credit equal to the cost of tuition, fees or other expenses deducted from their school property taxes every year.

The language was inserted Tuesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee in its $129 million school funding package. The provision was one of several amendments to a bill aimed at satisfying a March 7 Kansas Supreme Court opinion regarding school spending.

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