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Brownback To Engage Education Leaders In Developing New Education Funding Strategy

Gov. Sam Brownback will resign from his office next week.
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Gov. Sam Brownback is reaching out to education leaders to discuss the development of a new education funding strategy. He plans to host a press conference on the subject on Wednesday afternoon.

In a release from the governor's office, Brownback says he will be announcing a plan for developing a funding system that ensures high-quality education for Kansas students. So far, that plan is to engage the members of the education community, including Jim McNiece, the chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, and Dr. Randall Watson, the Kansas Commissioner of Education.

The discussion surrounding Kansas education funding has been a long one. In March of 2015, the state instituted a block grant funding system, which the Kansas Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional. That funding system is set to expire next year, and lawmakers are tasked with coming up with a new formula.

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