Kansas Senate rejects Democrats’ school aid plan

Anthony Hensley

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-dominated Kansas Senate has rejected a Democratic proposal for increasing aid to the state’s poor public school districts.

The Senate voted 29-11 Thursday night against a proposal from Minority Leader Anthony Hensley to boost aid to poor districts by $129 million annually. Hensley proposed using the state’s cash reserves to cover the cost.

Hensley offered the proposal as an amendment to a school funding plan from GOP leaders. After it failed, senators continued debating the Republican plan.

The GOP plan also boosts aid to poor districts by $129 million to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order last month. But the Republican proposal also trims other types of aid to all districts to offset the cost.

Hensley wanted to jettison all other provisions in the GOP plan.

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