GOP criticism leads House leader to drop school funding plan

(AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The House Appropriations Committee’s leader has abandoned his own school funding plans after hearing a chorus of criticism from fellow Republicans.

Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe decided against having the committee vote on his plan Thursday after an hour of discussion.

Ryckman said his plan was aimed at preventing the Kansas Supreme Court from shutting down the state’s public schools.

The court ruled last month that the state has been shorting poor school districts on state aid and gave lawmakers until June 30 to fix the problems.

Ryckman’s plan boosted overall spending on schools by about $21 million but redistributed other dollars to help poor districts. Seventy-nine of 286 school districts would have lost money.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee planned to debate a rival plan Thursday.



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