Kansas House Delays School Funding Debate Following Passage of Senate Bill


Kansas House leaders have delayed the start of debate over a $141 million school funding plan, the last major piece of legislation on the agenda before starting a three-week recess.

GOP leaders cleared Friday's calendar of unrelated matters before breaking to discuss the school plan's contents with the majority party. Democrats were also reviewing the bill, which would increase school funding to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

Legislators are expected to finish work on a final school bill to be brokered by House and Senate negotiators late Friday or Saturday. A final version would then be approved this weekend and sent to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to sign.

Senators approved their own version early Friday with a vote of 23-17.

The measure includes numerous conservative added policy provisions as well as spending.

One of the provisions would make it easier for school administrators to fire teachers who've been on the job for more than three years.

Another would prevent the spending of tax dollars through June 2017 on implementing multistate Common Core reading and math standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010.