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Kansas Senate works into early Friday on education funding bills

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill designed to address a Kansas Supreme Court ruling earlier this session saying the state doesn't equitably fund education.

 

The Senate education funding bill adds over $100 million to handle local option budget gaps among districts. It also bumps the LOB cap from 30 to 33 percent, providing school districts pass the increase through elections.

Emporia Sen. Jeff Longbine says the amount of money involved addresses the Supreme Court mandate. However, he says several policy amendments which passed were distasteful to him, so he voted against the final package.

Senators worked until after 1 am Friday on their education funding package.

The House may pass its own version Friday. Longbine says the House funding bill as it currently stands is "clean" with no major policy revisions, and he's hoping for a final bill more akin to the House plan when members of both chambers meet in conference Friday.

We'll keep you updated on KVOE and KVOE.com.

7 am: Common Core to be defunded under Senate plan

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill designed to address a Kansas Supreme Court ruling saying the state doesn't equitably fund education. It has also passed a measure wiping out funding for the Common Core teaching method.

The Senate education funding bill adds over $100 million to handle so-called LOB budget gaps among districts. It also bumps the local option budget cap from 30 to 33 percent, providing school districts pass the increase through elections.

The Common Core bill, meanwhile, is designed to free up funds to address inequities, according to bill sponsor Forrest Knox of Altoona, but educators -- many of whom are moving full-steam ahead on Common Core -- say this reverses several years of planning as they transition away from No Child Left Behind.

The House will consider the Senate's education funding bill Friday. The House may also pass its own version.

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