Kansas Senate sends school funding bill back to committee

Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Senate has sent back to committee a school funding bill that would redistribute some state education dollars to help poor school districts.

The measure senators returned on a voice vote is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling last month. The court said a 2015 school funding law has shorted poor schools on their fair share of the state’s $4 billion-plus in annual aid to its 286 local districts.

The court gave lawmakers until June 30 to fix the problems and threatened to keep schools closed if they didn’t meet the deadline.

The bill would redistribute about $38 million in education funding during the 2016-17 school year. It would increase the state aid for 100 districts but reduce funding for 186 districts.

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