Kansas Lawmakers Continue Work on School Funding Proposals


With Friday's deadline coming up fast, Kansas legislators are resuming talks on proposals to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling on the funding of public schools.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee heard comments Tuesday from supporters of a House GOP leadership plan. The committee is hoping to finish work on the bill later in the day and send it to the full House for debate.

A Senate committee was working on its own proposal Tuesday.

Both proposals aim to increase funding by up to $129 million in the next school year to comply with the court's March 7 ruling that found the Kansas school funding system unconstitutional.

A group of Kansas parents and teachers completed a 60-mile walk from Johnson County to the Statehouse that started Friday and was completed Monday to show support for Kansas public schools.

It was the second year for the walk, organized by parents and teachers. They're urging legislators to abide by the court's decision. The group says that schools have had to reduce spending in recent years, resulting in larger class sizes and fewer opportunities for students.