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Brownback: It's Time to Consider a New School Funding System

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to hear what the public thinks about how schools are funded. Brownback told WIBW-AM that the old system had "a lot of problems," and it's time to talk about a new one. He said Tuesday that his office plans to announce a system for collecting public feedback in the next couple of weeks. He says people should also discuss the issue with Legislative candidates. Last year, the state's per-pupil funding formula was junked in favor of predictable grants to districts that allowed lawmakers to better control state spending. The plan is to replace the grants with a new funding system. An ongoing legal fight clouds the discussions. The state Supreme Court could rule by the year's end on whether lawmakers are underfunding schools.

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