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Kansas Statehouse Hearing on School Funding Change Abruptly Cancelled

Senator Ty Masterson speaking during the meeting. (Photo by Jim McLean)

The chairman of a Kansas Senate committee abruptly canceled a hearing Thursday on a bill that would have changed the agency responsible for distributing school funding. The bill would have moved the authority to distribute education money from the Department of Education to the Department of Administration, which is one of the governor’s cabinet agencies.
Republican Senator Ty Masterson says there was misinformation spread about the bill. He says it wouldn’t cut education funding and wasn’t pursued in secrecy. Before he canceled the hearing, Masterson criticized the tone of discourse and messages sent to him and other lawmakers.

“These are all just complete falsehoods that are floating out that that are, by the way, are creating angry, vile emails based on whole falsehoods and misconceptions,” says Masterson.
The Department of Education and education groups opposed the move, saying the current system works well. Democratic Senator Laura Kelly calls the bill a power grab.
“There was no justification  for this bill in the first place. It’s very apparent that those who were proponents of this heard loud and clear from a lot of folks,” says Kelly.
Masterson says the proposal won’t be considered again by the committee this session.

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