TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The chairmen of the budget committees in the House and Senate are working on their own education funding plans aimed at helping poor school districts.
Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson said Wednesday that he hopes to have plan drafted yet this week. The Andover Republican says it will be an attempt to meet a Kansas Supreme Court order within the state’s existing resources.
The House Appropriations Committee already has agreed to sponsor a plan from Chairman and Olathe Republican Ron Ryckman Jr. His plan would boost school districts’ aid by about $37 million.
The Supreme Court ruled last month that a 2015 school funding law violated the state constitution because it shorted poor districts on aid. The court gave lawmakers until July to fix the problems.