Kansas lawmakers mull how much to fund schools

School funding (KSN graphic)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) –  Kansas legislators acknowledge that they’re not sure a public school funding plan they’re considering would satisfy the state Supreme Court.

A special House committee began Monday to debate a proposal that would phase in a $762 million increase in state aid to public schools over five years.

Lawmakers are responding to a Supreme Court ruling in March that the state’s education funding is inadequate. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by four school districts. The court gave legislators until June 30 to pass a new school finance law.

House committee members said they’re focused on making sure that a new law distributes state funds fairly and helps the state’s lowest-performing students.

An attorney for the four districts said the House panel’s plan isn’t adequate.

John Robb made his comments Monday as a special House committee prepared to debate the proposal. Robb represents the Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City, Kansas, districts.

Robb sees a State Board of Education proposal to phase in an $893 million increase over two years as adequate.

The justices gave legislators until June 30 to pass a new school finance law.