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Kansas Lawmakers Hear School Financing Arguments

Stephen Koranda
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Kansas lawmakers tasked with making school finance recommendations have heard conflicting arguments about whether more money for schools means better student performance.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Legislature's Special Committee on K-12 Student Success heard from the Kansas Association of School Boards on Wednesday. The association says more school funding does lead to better student performance, depending on how it's spent.

Dave Trabert with the Kansas Policy Institute, a think tank, said more funds over the last decade have not led to better results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Kansas currently has a block grant funding plan for schools while the state designs a new formula.

The committee plans to hold two more meetings before the legislative session begins in January.