Kansas Senate panel endorses plan to redistribute school aid

Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover (Courtesy: Topeka Capital-Journal)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill to redistribute some of the state’s education funding dollars in response to a court order to help poor school districts.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee’s voice vote Thursday sent a plan from Chairman Ty Masterson to the full chamber for debate.

The measure redistributes $38 million of the more than $4 billion in annual aid to public schools to benefit poor districts.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled last month that the state has been shorting poor districts on aid. Masterson’s plan would increase state aid for 100 districts and reduce it for 186.

The Senate panel’s vote came after criticism from House Appropriations Committee members forced Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr. to abandon a milder version of the same plan.


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