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GOP Moderates Alter Kansas School Funding Plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) —  Moderate Republicans in the Kansas House have modified their plan for meeting a state Supreme Court mandate on education funding to make it more palatable to fellow lawmakers. Republican Representative Melissa Rooker of Fairway said a proposal to divert $6 million in unused economic development funds to public schools has been dropped because of potential opposition. Some Republicans have argued that the move would stymie job creation. Rooker said the plan would instead divert existing education dollars set aside for schools' emergency needs to boost aid for poor school districts. The moderate GOP plan still would tap $9 million in motor vehicle fees. They're all elements of a plan to increase aid to poor school districts by $38 million for 2016-17 to comply with the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling last month.

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