Kansas legislative panels approve school funding plans

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislative committees have approved school funding plans that would attempt to satisfy a state Supreme Court order without a big increase in state spending.

The bills approved Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee are similar but not identical.

Both redistribute about $83 million of the state’s $4 billion-plus in annual aid to its 286 school districts.

No district would see its aid decrease, and 23 districts would see small increases.

The Supreme Court ruled last month that the state has shorted poor districts on their fair share of the aid.

Each bill goes to its full chamber for debates that could occur Thursday.

Senate committee Chairman Ty Masterson said he’s hoping the Legislature will give final approval to a plan Thursday.

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