The Senate Judiciary Committee has a meeting at the rail to go over a plan for a constitutional amendment that would prevent the Kansas Supreme Court or the legislature from shutting down Kansas public schools, Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World via AP)

Kansas lawmakers advance plan to avert school closings

House and Senate committees approved separate but identical bills to boost state aid to poor school districts by $38 million in 2016-17.

Protestors gather for a rally near the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse at the same time a joint meeting of the House and Senate budget committees is underway to address the issue of school finance funding, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Topeka, (Nick Krug /The Lawrence Journal-World via AP)

Kansas lawmakers convening special session on school funding

About 150 parents, teachers and other advocates rallied outside the Statehouse for lawmakers to find a quick fix.

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Kansas Republicans unveil school funding plan

Republican legislators have unveiled the details of their $38 million plan for helping poor school districts and satisfying a recent state S…