Legislators hopeful of Brownback school plan

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December 29, 2011 - 12:00 AM

State. Rep. Bill Otto made an about-face yesterday when he said he expects Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to revise the state’s education finance formula to get some significant support in the legislature.

Last month during a USD 257 board meeting, the Le Roy Republican criticized the plan, which would eliminate the existing formula that allocates per student dollars based on specific needs. Then, Otto maintained the governor’s plan to strayed from an equitable funding method would ensure its demise.

With new details about the plan recently announced and an additional $1.9 million going to the schools in his district — the proposal provides for a $43 million total increase for public education in Kansas in 2013 —
Otto is singing a different
tune.   

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