TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A state senator from Wichita says it’s troubling that his home public school district isn’t testifying in favor of a school funding plan that would increase its state aid during the 2016-17 school year.
Republican Sen. Michael O’Donnell made the comment as the Senate Ways and Means Committee reviewed a bill from its chairman to redistribute $39 million in state aid during the next school year to help poor school districts.
The bill is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court order last month saying the state has shorted poor districts on their aid. It would boost Wichita’s state aid by nearly $5.6 million in the next school year.
But Wichita schools lobbyist Diane Gjerstad said the district believes the state should boost aid to its schools overall.