Governor Brownback signs school finance bill

School Funding Fight
FILE - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions from reporters about school funding issues, Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Legislators are working on a plan for complying with a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to increase aid to poor school districts. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas – Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a $129 million school funding measure aimed at satisfying a March 7 Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

The signing took place at 4 p.m. at the Governor’s Ceremonial Office.

Legislators finished work on the bill April 6 and will go back to a three-judge district court panel for review.

The measure increases spending by more than $129 million, funds separate programs at state colleges and universities and makes changes in education policy, including teacher employment rights.

“It provides $73 million into the classroom and $78 million in property tax relief annually. It returns local control to school districts and counties,” said Brownback. “It is an investment in our future of our children and in the future of our state.”

Brownback’s supporters have praised the measure for providing more money for education and property tax relief to school districts.

Money aside, Democratic Minority Leader Paul Davis says he is uncomfortable with a provision in the bill that makes it easier for teachers to be fired.

“But unfortunately, Governor Brownback and his allies in the legislature inserted a provision that does away with due process rights for teachers.”

Paul Davis’ statement on school finance bill
KSN coverage of the school funding measure
Kansas House Bill 2506