Senate asks for schools boost

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March 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have proposed a $500 million increase in school funding to satisfy a state Supreme Court mandate.

The legislation that a House committee advanced Wednesday night would phase in the increase over five years, The Kansas City Star reports. The plan emerged one day after Senate Democrats endorsed a $600 million increase for schools that was rejected by Republican senators. The state’s high court has given lawmakers until April 30 to respond to its ruling that found schools are inadequately funded.

“I think this represents a good-faith effort to try and get our state education system back on track,” said Rep. Melissa Rooker, a Fairway Republican.

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