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Kansas Senate Leader Hopeful School Funding Bill Wins Approval this Month

Kansas Senate chamber (Photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee's chairman says he hopes a school funding bill will clear the Legislature by the end of next week. Republican Senator Ty Masterson, of Andover, said Wednesday that lawmakers need to respond quickly to a Kansas Supreme Court decision last month. The court said the state was shorting poor school districts on their state aid. The justices ordered a fix by June 30 and threatened to keep schools closed unless lawmakers meet the deadline. Masterson drafted a plan to redistribute $39 million among school districts for the 2016-17 school year to help poorer districts. His committee had a hearing on it Wednesday. House Speaker Ray Merrick was wary of moving as quickly as Masterson hopes and said the work needs to be done correctly.

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