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Brownback Hosts Closed-Door Education Meeting

Governor Sam Brownback met with education officials and some top Republican lawmakers Monday to talk about school finance.

Brownback said the closed-door meeting was aimed at bringing together lawmakers and representatives of local school districts. He said those groups have not always seen eye-to-eye on the issue of education funding, leading to lawsuits.

"The education system in Kansas is very split, and it has generally been one that's been more fighting with each other than discussing with each other," Brownback said. "So the objective here is to get a discussion going and moving things out of the courts and into discussion."

The Kansas Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit over school funding and is expected to issue a decision later this year or early next year. That means education funding could turn out to be a top issue in the 2014 legislative session for many lawmakers.