Kansas House panel hears only neutral views on funding plan

Statehouse (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas House committee has heard only neutral testimony about a school funding plan drafted by its chairman.

The four witnesses Tuesday before the Appropriations Committee endorsed the same goal of complying with a Kansas Supreme Court order last month. The court said the state had shorted poor school districts on state aid.

They disagreed over the state’s overall spending.

The plan from Republican Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr. boosts total aid by $39 million as it redistributes funds to poor districts from wealthier ones. But 79 of the state’s 286 school districts would lose money.

Two Johnson County districts and the Kansas Association of School Boards urged lawmakers to boost spending even more.

But the conservative Kansas Policy Institute argues that the state is already spending enough money on schools.

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