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.