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Key Kansas Senator Says They Have Preliminary School Funding Plan

Senator Ty Masterson speaking at a committee meeting earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The chairman of the Kansas Senate’s budget committee says lawmakers have a preliminary school funding plan. Legislators return to Topeka Thursday for a special session. As Stephen Koranda reports, they’ll respond to a state Supreme Court ruling that says there are unconstitutional disparities in the school funding system.

 Republican Senator Ty Masterson didn’t release many details, but he says the plan would shift $38 million into a certain type of Kansas school funding that reduces disparities among districts.
“It’s just a true compromise. The schools are coming to the table and so is the Legislature to find a solution and keep schools open,” says Masterson
Some school districts, especially in the Johnson County area, have wanted a so-called hold harmless provision included. That would protect them from losing any funding as part of the reshuffling. Masterson says that is not included in the plan because the Supreme Court said the last hold harmless proposal made the inequalities worse.

If the funding inequalities aren't reduced by the end of the month, Supreme Court justices say Kansas schools could be closed.

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