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Kansas Lawmakers Waiting For Analysis Of GOP Schools Plan

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Kansas legislators are waiting for a detailed analysis of how a plan from Republican leaders to overhaul education funding would affect individual school districts.

The Kansas Department of Education was expected to release the analysis Friday. The department regularly reviews school finance legislation and analyzes its effects.

The GOP plan was outlined Thursday and would replace the state's existing per-student formula for distributing its aid to 286 school districts.

The measure incorporates Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to give districts "block grants" based on their current aid until lawmakers can write a new formula.

Republican leaders said the plan increases total aid to schools. Figures from legislative researchers show that most of the increase over the next two school years would cover rising state contributions to teacher pensions.