Kansas House passes school funding plan

School Funding Fight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has approved a bill boosting aid to poor Kansas school districts, clearing the way for negotiations with the Senate over school funding issues.

The House vote Friday evening was 91-31. It came only a few hours after GOP Gov. Sam Brownback met with majority Republicans to praise the plan and urge them to support it.

The House measure would increase aid to the state’s poorest school districts by $141 million, partially offsetting the cost with adjustments elsewhere in the budget.

The Senate passed its own, less generous school funding plan early Friday, 23-17. Senate Republicans linked the new money to education policies such as blocking the use of multistate reading and math standards.

Legislative leaders hoped a final plan would pass by Saturday.

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