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House Members Debate Spending Plan For Kansas Schools

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Members of the Kansas House are debating a new plan to fund the state’s schools. The bill would add $280 million more in school funding over two years. House members rejected a Democratic proposal that would have added $600 million for schools over three years. Supporters said adding more money could help satisfy the state Supreme Court's order to adequately fund education. Critics of the idea said it would require a huge tax increase or spending cuts to other services. Republican Majority Leader Don Hineman opposed the plan.

“What are we willing to commit to here today? That is important to the court. Any additional money we put into this formula, we have to be willing to step up and find a way to finance that,” Hineman said.

Lawmakers have until the end of June to satisfy the state Supreme Court, or schools could be closed. Wednesday marks the 100th day of the session, meaning they’ll be into overtime starting on Thursday.