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Five School Districts To Receive $500K In Additional Funding

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Governor Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to give five school districts roughly half a million dollars in additional funding.

The State Finance Council is comprised of the governor and leaders from each chamber. It voted Monday to give more money to districts that were hit hard by recent policy changes and had unforeseen expenses.

Eight districts requested about $1.1 million dollars from the $4 million extraordinary needs fund. The panel voted to partially fund five of those requests.

Superintendents testified that they had been squeezed due to enrollment changes, rising costs and Brownback's "block grant" school funding law, which cut $51 million dollars in funding districts expected for the current fiscal year.

The governor's office denied in a statement that the block grant reform was to blame for shortfalls.