Kansas At Risk Funding

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Senate committee has delayed action on a proposal to redefine how Kansas determines how schools are awarded funds for students at risk of failure.

Other issues on Wednesday’s calendar for the Senate Education Committee kept members from working the bill. Concerns about a major winter snow storm heading across Kansas forced debate until early next week.

Currently districts receive additional state funds based on student qualification for free or reduced-priced lunches. The policy is based on research indicating that students living in poverty frequently need additional support to help them succeed in school.

The bill would keep that policy in place for students in kindergarten through third grade. Funds would be awarded for students in grades fourth through 12 based on their performance on standardized tests.