Butler County Times Gazette
  • Kansas committee holding school finance meetings

  • A special legislative committee is opening two days of hearings to review the Kansas school finance system and study practices in neighboring states.
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  • A special legislative committee is opening two days of hearings to review the Kansas school finance system and study practices in neighboring states.
    The meetings Wednesday and Thursday are also expected to include a discussion of staffing changes by school districts and how they compare to changes in neighboring states. Policy analysts are expected to also discuss trends in school choice programs nationwide.
    The committee is led by Republican Kasha Kelley, chairwoman of the House Education Committee, and Republican Sen. Steve Abrams, a former State Board of Education member.
    Legislators will revisit school funding in 2014 after the Kansas Supreme Court issues its decision in an appeal of a lower court's ruling ordering the state to increase spending. The justices heard the arguments in October.

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