Kansas House panel fashions school funding plan

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 photo kindergarten students run during a physical education class at Frank Rushton Elementary School, which has a high percentage of poor/at-risk kids, in Kansas City, Kan. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional and the state's poor school districts were harmed when the is made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 photo kindergarten students run during a physical education class at Frank Rushton Elementary School, which has a high percentage of poor/at-risk kids, in Kansas City, Kan. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional and the state's poor school districts were harmed when the is made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has approved an education funding plan that would boost the state’s total annual aid to public schools by $78 million.

The Appropriations Committee voted 12-11 late Tuesday to send the measure to the full House for debate later this week.

The measure is designed to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court decision last month directing lawmakers to increasing aid to poor school districts.

The plan would provide an additional $141 million to poor districts. But it would offset the cost by trimming $63 million from other forms of aid to all school districts.

It would reduce the state’s funding for school transportation programs, teacher pensions and programs helping students at risk of failing.

School districts also could levy additional local property taxes to supplement their state funds.

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