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Education Leaders Fear Cuts in School Funding

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas education leaders fear a new revenue forecast requiring the state to make $278 million in cuts for the current fiscal year will result in a school funding reduction. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the state's fiscal situation is expected to be discussed at a Kansas Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. Board member Janet Waugh says education spending in the state already is down to the bare bones. State Department of Education officials say they don't think Brownback or the Legislature plans to cut K-12 spending because of statements they have made that indicated education would not be targeted. Brownback's budget director announced more than $100 million in proposed savings during the fall gubernatorial campaign, and said an additional list of $50 million in cuts would be revealed soon.

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