TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Republican leaders say Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has committed to signing a bipartisan plan that boosts funding for public schools while also making more students eligible for private school scholarships.
Senate President Ty Masterson and House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. bargained with Kelly as negotiators for each chamber drafted the $5.2 billion education funding measure.
The two legislative leaders hoped both chambers would pass the measure Friday or early Saturday. Kelly’s office did not immediately comment on the results of her negotiations. Conservatives did get a key “school choice” initiative into the package.
The measure contains Kelly’s proposal for a 5.3% school funding increase.
Governor Laura Kelly statement:
I ran for Governor on the promise that I would fully fund our schools. And for the third year in a row, we’ve kept that promise, delivered on education, and did right by our kids. As we continue to recover from the global pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we support Kansas students by giving them every opportunity to thrive and succeed.
“While I disagree with parts of this bill, I’ve always sought bipartisan solutions, and I will continue working across the aisle to get things done for Kansas families.”Gov. Laura Kelly