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Colyer Says School Funding Bill Meets His Guidelines

Stephen Koranda
Kansas News Service
Gov. Colyer speaking Thursday.

Gov. Jeff Colyer won't directly endorse a bill from House Republicans that would boost funding for Kansas schools by $500 million, but he said it meets guidelines he set out.

Colyer, a Republican, told legislators last month that he wouldn’t propose a spending plan. Instead, he set targets, saying he wants to phase-in new money and avoid a tax increase.

Colyer said Thursday that the bill does appear to meet his goals.

“Right now, I think it looks pretty positive here," Colyer said. "But we need to let the legislative process go forward.”

The proposal would add the half-billion dollars over five years in response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that says school funding is inadequate.

House leaders are planning to debate the bill next week.


Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio, a partner in the Kansas News Service. Follow him on Twitter @kprkoranda. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post.

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Stephen Koranda is the managing editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public media as a reporter and editor.