House delays Kansas school funding debate

Kansas state Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican, asks a question about a school funding plan during a meeting of GOP senators before a debate on the proposal, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The plan is designed to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to boost spending on aid to poor school districts. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House leaders have delayed the start of debate over a $141 million school funding plan, the last major piece of legislation on the agenda before starting a three-week recess.

GOP leaders cleared Friday’s calendar of unrelated matters before breaking to discuss the school plan’s contents with the majority party. Democrats were huddled elsewhere to review the bill, which seeks to increase school funding to satisfy a March 7 Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

Legislators are expected to finish work on a final school bill to be brokered by House and Senate negotiators late Friday or Saturday. A final version would then be approved this weekend and sent to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to sign.

Senators approved their own version early Friday, which included numerous policy provisions as well as spending.

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