School funding unresolved in Kansas as court deadline looms

Capitol Bureau
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Kansas lawmakers have blown several informal deadlines for boosting funding for public schools to satisfy a court mandate.

Republicans who control the Legislature are at odds over how to allocate new dollars and what policy strings should be attached to the money.

The state’s attorneys must file a report by April 15 with the Kansas Supreme Court telling the justices how legislators responded to the court’s ruling last year that spending on public schools is insufficient.

The Legislature starts its annual, three weeks-plus spring break April 6.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly urged legislators to pass her plan for an education funding increase of roughly $90 million a year by the end of February. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, said lawmakers should finish their work by March 15.

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