TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a bill that would redistribute some of the state’s education dollars to help poor school districts.
The measure up for debate Monday is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling last month. The court said a 2015 school funding law has shorted poor schools on their fair share of the state’s $4 billion-plus in annual aid to its 286 local districts.
The court gave lawmakers until June 30 to fix the problems and threatened to keep schools closed if they didn’t meet the deadline.
The bill redistributes about $38 million in education funding so that the state’s total spending would not increase during the 2016-17 school year. It increases the state aid for 100 districts but reduces funding for 186 districts.
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