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School funding debate drags on

School funding debate drags on

By Associated Press. CREATED Apr 6, 2014

Kansas legislators have made quick work on brokering a new school funding agreement aimed at satisfying a state Supreme Court ruling.

Negotiators met briefly early Sunday to revise a plan the House defeated on a 67-55 vote that would have increased school funding by more than $129 million. The rejection by the House prolonged the start of a planned three-week recess.

The new agreement retained a provision that would strip teachers of their tenure rights, but jettisoned creating tax breaks for parents who send their children to private schools. 

Legislators are trying to find a solution to resolve equity issues identified by the Supreme Court that hurt poor school districts.