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Kansas Lawmakers Start Work On New School Funding Formula

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Stephen Koranda
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It’s taken a couple of weeks, but the Kansas Legislature is finally tackling one of its toughest problems - how to fund public schools.

One bill is from Rep. Melissa Rooker, a moderate Republican from Fairway who has been working on a new formula with other lawmakers since the summer.

She says it will look a lot like the old formula with a per pupil allocation and extra money for things like English language learners.

“It’s a new and improved formula that is styled in the manner of the old formula as, I think, a reasonable starting point,” Rooker says.

Another bill is from Republican Scott Schwab of Olathe. Schwab's option calls for extending the block grants for another year while a new formula is tried in four districts.