Senate leader hopes school funding bill will pass this month

Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover said Wednesday that lawmakers need to respond quickly to a Kansas Supreme Court decision last month.

Senator Ty Masterson (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee’s chairman says he hopes a school funding bill will clear the Legislature by the end of next week.

Republican Sen. Ty Masterson of Andover said Wednesday that lawmakers need to respond quickly to a Kansas Supreme Court decision last month.

The court said the state was shorting poor school districts on their state aid. The justices ordered a fix by June 30 and threatened to keep schools closed unless lawmakers meet the deadline.

Masterson drafted a plan to redistribute $39 million among school districts for the 2016-17 school year to help poorer districts. His committee had a hearing on it Wednesday.

House Speaker Ray Merrick was wary of moving as quickly as Masterson hopes and said the work needs to be done correctly.

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