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Concerns raised over Kansas school funding plan

Concerns raised over Kansas school funding plan

By Associated Press . CREATED Apr 7, 2014

Lawyers for parents and school districts at the heart of the Kansas school funding battle have concerns about the plan approved by lawmakers to address a state Supreme Court ruling.

Newton attorney John Robb issued a statement Monday saying the plan to spend $129 million to address two issues of equity for poor districts contains little new money for schools.   

At the same time, Robb says, taking money from some programs for at-risk students and changing local property tax provisions widen the gaps between rich and poor districts. Robb is still looking at the overall plan to see if it will meet the court order.   Robb represents the coalition known as Schools For Fair Funding.   

Legislators finished the package late Sunday and adjourned for three weeks. Gov. Sam Brownback hasn't said how quickly he would sign the package.