Kansas Senate debates school funding proposal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top leader in the Kansas Senate is urging fellow Republicans to support a school finance plan, even if they think it’s flawed, to make sure work on education funding issues progresses.

The Senate on Thursday debated a bill aimed at satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court decision directing lawmakers to boost aid to poor districts by July. Senators expected to consider multiple changes and vote on the bill late Thursday night.

Majority Leader Terry Bruce told Republican senators before the debate that they need to make sure a bill clears the chamber.

The measure increases aid to poor districts by $129 million annually to reverse past, recession-driven cuts in funding. The bill offsets part of the cost by trimming state aid to all districts for online classes and transportation programs.

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