Lawmakers approve school funding boost

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas legislators have approved a bill that would phase in a $293 million increase in state spending on public schools over two years.

The measure goes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

The Senate passed the bill on a 23-17 vote Monday night after the House approved it, 67-55.

The bill is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March that the state’s education funding is inadequate. Kansas now spends about $4 billion a year on aid to its 286 school districts.

The court did not say in its ruling how much spending must increase in telling lawmakers to pass a new school finance law by June 30. Attorneys for the four school districts that successfully sued the state have said the spending increase must be much larger.

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